Speech Prosody 2002

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

Accentual Phrasing in Japanese: The Significance of Underlying Accents

Tadao Miyamoto, Crystal Johnson

Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria, Canada

The parsing of an intermediate phrase into its component accentual phrases in Japanese has had many proposed mechanisms. The most common theories have involved syntactic configurations, and, recently, optimality theory has been gaining in popularity. This study examined the speech of five female speakers of Standard Tokyo dialect of Japanese. These speakers demonstrated that accentual phrase construction depended not on syntax, but on the underlying accentuation of words.

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Bibliographic reference.  Miyamoto, Tadao / Johnson, Crystal (2002): "Accentual phrasing in Japanese: the significance of underlying accents", In SP-2002, 519-522.