Speech Prosody 2002

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

On the Phonological Status of the HL*H vs. H*LH Timing-Related Tonal Opposition in Dutch

Natalia Smirnova

Speech Technology Center, St. Petersburg, Russia

The paper deals with one timing-related opposition of nuclear accents within the falling-rising HLH% pitch contour typically observed in Dutch questions. It appears that speaker preferences for either H*LH% or HL*H% nuclear accent type are to a considerable extent determined by the duration of the "nucleus+tail" part and that the analysed opposition is neutralised in monosyllabic nuclei with minimum voicing. Possible phonological interpretations of the observed dependency are given, the most likely suggesting an allotonic nature of the analysed timing-related distinction.

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Bibliographic reference.  Smirnova, Natalia (2002): "On the phonological status of the HL*h vs. h*LH timing-related tonal opposition in Dutch", In SP-2002, 651-654.