Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

FocUs-Related Pitch Range Manipulation (and Peak Alignment Effects) in Egyptian Arabic

Sam Hellmuth

Department of Linguistics, SOAS, University of London, UK; Institut fur Linguistik, Universität Potsdam, Germany

This paper explores focus-related effects on pitch range and on peak alignment in Egyptian Arabic (EA), and interaction between them. Qualitative analysis of elicited focus data shows that even when post-focal and ‘given’, EA words bear a pitch accent. Quantitative analysis reveals gradient effects of focus in the form of pitch range manipulation but which reflects identificational/contrastive focus, not information focus. Peak alignment shows an indirect effect of post-focal F0 compression.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hellmuth, Sam (2006): "Focus-related pitch range manipulation (and peak alignment effects) in Egyptian Arabic", In SP-2006, paper 164.