Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
We examine the prosodic incorporation of utterance-final vocatives in American English. Our report is based on two separate experiments to test the claim by Beckman and Pierrehumbert (1986)  and Pierrehumbert and Hirschberg  that the phonetic manifestation of an L* tone on the final vocative is indicative of its contrastive behavior. Our first experiment, involving the dramatic reading of two scenes from a make-believe play, shows that in contexts approximating natural speech, final vocatives are prosodically integrated into the matrix structure. A second experiment with decontextualized out-of-the-blue readings, by contrast, shows patterns similar to Beckman and Pierrehumbert (1986) and Pierrehumbert and Hirschberg .
Index Terms: final vocatives, prosodic incorporation, syntaxphonology interface
Bibliographic reference. Hock, Hans Henrich / Dutta, Indranil (2010): "Prosody vs. syntax: prosodic rebracketing of final vocatives in English", In SP-2010, paper 931.