Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

The Prosodic Expression of Contrast in Hindi

Susanne Genzel (1), Frank Kügler (2)

(1) SFB 632 “Information structure”, (2) Department of Linguistics, Potsdam University, Germany

This production study examines the prosodic means of encoding contrast in Hindi. Different target words were embedded in carrier sentences and were put in two information structural contexts, wide and contrastive focus. Contrary to what is expected from earlier findings Hindi uses prosodic means of expressing contrast on the focused word, namely an increase in pitch span and duration. These results may contribute to the understanding of intonational phonology and to the prosodic classification of Hindi.

Index Terms: Hindi, contrast, pitch span, duration

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Genzel, Susanne / Kügler, Frank (2010): "The prosodic expression of contrast in Hindi", In SP-2010, paper 143.