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