Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Intonation of Finnish Verbs

Anja Arnhold (1,2), Martti Vainio (2), Antti Suni (2), Juhani Järvikivi (3)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
(2) Department of Speech Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
(3) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

A production experiment investigated the tonal shape of Finnish finite verbs in transitive sentences without narrow focus. Traditional descriptions of Finnish stating that nonfocused finite verbs do not receive accents were only partly supported. Verbs were found to have a consistently smaller pitch range than words in other word classes, but their pitch contours were neither flat nor explainable by pure interpolation.

Index Terms: Finnish, verbs, intonation, accent

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Arnhold, Anja / Vainio, Martti / Suni, Antti / Järvikivi, Juhani (2010): "Intonation of Finnish verbs", In SP-2010, paper 054.