Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

The Position of Clitics in Persian Intonational Structure

Vahideh Abolhasani Zadeh (1,2), Carlos Gussenhoven (2,3), Mahmood Bijankhan (1)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Tehran, Iran
(2) Department of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
(3) School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Persian clitic groups differ from words. Most importantly, a pitch accent (L+)H* is associated with the word-final (i.e. base-final) syllable of clitic groups, but with the word-final syllable of words, meaning that clitics remain outside the domain of the word. The pitch accent marks the stress, but we found no independent durational or spectral differences between stressed and unstressed syllables. Interestingly, the intonational distinction between words and clitic groups remains intact in the stretch of speech after the focus. Unlike Germanic, Persian post-focal words are accented, though pronounced with reduced pitch range.

Index terms: clitic group, phonological word, prosodic hierarchy, focus, pitch range

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Bibliographic reference.  Zadeh, Vahideh Abolhasani / Gussenhoven, Carlos / Bijankhan, Mahmood (2010): "The position of clitics in Persian intonational structure", In SP-2010, paper 108.