Speech Prosody 2002

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

Tonal Alignment in Two Pisa Italian Peak Accents

Barbara Gili Fivela

Università degli Studi di Lecce, Lecce, Italy, and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

A read speech corpus was collected in order to study the tonal targets alignment of two Pisa Italian peak accents. The production of the two accents was forced by inducing a broad and a contrastive interpretation of the target words inserted in small paragraphs. Results of latency and F0 measurements reveal that the contrastive accent has a low target at a 'fixed' distance after the peak whereas the broad focus accent has a target which is influenced by the postaccentual context. Moreover, both broad and contrastive accents are preceded by a low target at a 'fixed' difference from the peak. The interpretation of this target remains provisional and the resulting analysis is [L+]H* for the broad focus accent and [L+]H*+L for the contrastive accent, both followed by a low edge tone.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gili Fivela, Barbara (2002): "Tonal alignment in two pisa Italian peak accents", In SP-2002, 339-342.