Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Prosody in Speech and Singing

Ilse Lehiste

Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

The study deals with the question of the manifestation of the prosodic system of a language (here Estonian) in singing. Previous research has shown that durational contrasts are neutralized in the sung version of the folksongs. The present study makes a first attempt to establish whether there is a similar neutralization of prosodic oppositions with regard to melody: whether the melody of the song interacts with contrastive pitch, or whether melody overrides prosodic contrasts based on pitch in the spoken form of the language.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lehiste, Ilse (2004): "Prosody in speech and singing", In SP-2004, 11-14.