Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


Accentuation and Subglottal Pressure in Swedish

Gunnar Fant, Anita Kruckenberg, S. Hertegard, Johan Liljencrants

KTH, Department of Speech Music and Hearing, Stockholm, Sweden

A recent study of sub- and supraglottal pressures in speech has widened the basis for analysis of the physical correlates of stress and accentuation in Swedish. In order to establish a tie to perception we have performed assessments of relative syllable prominence on a continuous interval scale. The relative importance of duration, F0, intensity, source spectral slope and segmental contrasts are discussed. As outlined in more detail in [6], the transglottal pressure together with F0 is a main determinant of the voice source excitation amplitude Ee and thus of the sound pressure level. Special attention has been devoted to the nature of focal accent 1 and accent 2 and their relation to continuously scaled physical and perceptual data.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fant, Gunnar / Kruckenberg, Anita / Hertegard, S. / Liljencrants, Johan (1997): "Accentuation and subglottal pressure in Swedish", In INT-1997, 111-114.