Speech Prosody 2008
We investigated the effect of dialectal background on tonal alignment in LH rising pitch accents in two varieties of German: those spoken in Düsseldorf and Vienna. We confirm the findings of Atterer & Ladd (2004, ) that L and H tones in prenuclear rises are aligned later in Southern than in Northern German varieties, and, more specifically, that both L and H tones in Viennese rises were considerably later than L and H in any of the other varieties. Mean alignment values for both tones in these two varieties can be located on a continuum comprising the values for all four varieties.
Bibliographic reference. Mücke, Doris / Grice, Martine / Hermes, Anne / Becker, Johannes (2008): "Prenuclear rises in Northern and Southern German", In SP-2008, 245-248.