Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Crosslinguistic Segmental Durations and Prosodic Typology

Antonis Botinis (1), Robert Bannert (2), Marios Fourakis (3), Stamatia Pagoni-Tetlow (4)

(1) Dept of Linguistics, University of Athens, Greece
(2) Dept of Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Umeå, Sweden
(3) Dept of Speech & Hearing Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA
(4) Dept of Phonetics & Linguistics, University College London, UK

The present study is an experimental investigation of the effects of syllable position, stress, focus and tempo on segmental durations in American English, British English, Greek and Swedish. Nonsense disyllabic CVCV words were produced in a carrier sentence under different conditions of stress, focus and tempo. The results indicate that stress and tempo have a major effect on both consonant and vowel across all four languages, whereas the effects of syllable position and focus are hardly evident. Significant interactions were mostly found between syllable position and stress for the vowel.

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Bibliographic reference.  Botinis, Antonis / Bannert, Robert / Fourakis, Marios / Pagoni-Tetlow, Stamatia (2002): "Crosslinguistic segmental durations and prosodic typology", In SP-2002, 183-186.