Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Stress Patterns of Complex German Cardinal Numbers

Petra Wagner, Meike Paulson

Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaften, Universität Bonn, Germany

German cardinal numbers show variable stress patterns on the phonetic surface. Former studies showed that these cannot be explained by stress shift. In a combined production and perception study, the hypothesis is tested that German cardinal numbers are of a hybrid phonological nature: sentence medially, they behave like compounds following the CSR, while they behave like phonological phrases following the NSR when occurring phrase finally. The hypotheses were tested and for the majority of cases confirmed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wagner, Petra / Paulson, Meike (2006): "Stress patterns of complex German cardinal numbers", In SP-2006, paper 073.