Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Effect of narrow focus on tonal realization in Georgian

Stavros Skopeteas (1), Caroline Féry (2)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
(2) Department of Cognitive Linguistics, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

This article examines the prosodic correlates of focus in Georgian declarative sentences, based on speech production data. Georgian is an intonation language with flexible word order, and it is sensitive to information structure. It is shown in the paper that focus has an impact on duration but does not systematically change the tonal realization of the constituents. Most prosodic correlates of focus result from the interaction with prosodic phrasing.

Index Terms: prosody, speech production, phrasing, focus.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Skopeteas, Stavros / Féry, Caroline (2010): "Effect of narrow focus on tonal realization in Georgian", In SP-2010, paper 237.