Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Stress and Phonemic Length in the Perception of Slovak Vowels

Štefan Beňuš (1), Katalin Mády (2)

(1) Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia, Institute of Informatics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
(2) Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

We investigate the perception of phonemic vowel quantity contrast and its relation to word stress and vowel quality in Slovak, and fill the gap of missing experimental perception data for this language. We observe that both prosodicallydriven undershoot of unstressed vowels and the functional load affect the perception of quantity contrast. Vowel quality plays some role in quantity identification for high vowels (/u/ and unstressed /i/) but Slovak seems to retain a robust quantity contrast for all examined vowel qualities.

Index Terms: vowel duration, Slovak, perception, word stress

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Beňuš, Štefan / Mády, Katalin (2012): "Stress and phonemic length in the perception of Slovak vowels", In SP-2012, 516-519.