Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

The Timing of Nuclear and Prenuclear Icelandic Pitch Accents

Nicole Dehé

FB Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Two experiments were designed to test F0 alignment in Icelandic pitch accents with a view to establishing distinct intonational categories. Four conditions were tested: (i) prenuclear accents; (ii) final nuclear accents in broad focus sentences; (iii) final narrow focus; (iv) non-final narrow focus. The results are such that (i) prenuclear accents are signaled by a late rise (LH*), final nuclear accents by an early rise; (ii) peaks in prefinal nuclear accents are aligned earlier than prenuclear peaks, but later than final nuclear peaks, suggesting a boundary effect; (iii) no differences emerged between accents in sentences with broad and narrow focus.

Index Terms: Icelandic, intonation, F0 alignment, prenuclear accent, nuclear accent, focus

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Dehé, Nicole (2010): "The timing of nuclear and prenuclear Icelandic pitch accents", In SP-2010, paper 009.