Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Post-Tonic Syllables and Prosodic Boundaries in Brazilian Portuguese

Eneida de Goes Leal, Raquel Santana Santos

Department of Linguistics, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

This paper aims to verify how prosodic boundaries may affect the duration of post-tonic syllables in Brazilian Portuguese (henceforth BP). The results show that the only prosodic boundary that has significant lengthening is intonational phrase, and its application relates to both posttonics and tonics. Additionally, we found that there is no relation between lengthening and higher prosodic levels, since there was no significant difference in the clitic group (C) and phonological phrase (Φ). Finally we found that there was no statistical correlation between duration and vowel quality, but there was a correlation between the consonant voicing and duration.

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Bibliographic reference.  Leal, Eneida de Goes / Santos, Raquel Santana (2010): "Post-tonic syllables and prosodic boundaries in Brazilian portuguese", In SP-2010, paper 939.