Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Syllable Cut and Energy Contour: A Contrastive Study of German and Hungarian

Katalin Mády (1), Krisztián Z. Tronka (1), Uwe D. Reichel (2)

(1) Institute of German Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary
(2) Department of Phonetics and Speech Communication, University of Munich, Germany

Syllable cut is said to be a phonologically distinctive feature in some languages where the difference in vowel quantity is accompanied by a difference in vowel quality like in German. There have been several attempts to find the corresponding phonetic correlates for syllable cut, from which the energy measurements of vowels by Spiekermann proved appropriate for explaining the difference between long and short vowels. On this basis, we intended to compare German as a syllable cut language and Hungarian where the feature was not expected to be relevant. However, the phonetic correlates of syllable cut found in this study do not entirely confirm Spiekermann’s results. It seems that the energy features of vowels are more strongly connected to their duration than to their quality.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mády, Katalin / Tronka, Krisztián Z. / Reichel, Uwe D. (2006): "Syllable cut and energy contour: a contrastive study of German and Hungarian", In SP-2006, paper 106.