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Word accent and intonation in Baltic
Stockholm University.
University of Illinois.
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 7th international conference on Speech Prosody: Social and Linguistic Speech Prosody / [ed] N. Campbell, D. Gibbon & D. Hirst, Dublin, 2014, 668-672 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We examine the realization of word accent contrasts in Standard Latvian and East Aukštaitian Lithuanian across intonational contexts. In our Latvian data the contrast is manifested as level vs. falling pitch in most contexts, in addition to a durational difference. In Aukštaitian Lithuanian, instead, differences in vowel quality and duration cue the lexical contrast in the nuclei that we examine. While Latvian retains a tonal contrast, in Aukštaitian Lithuanian it has been replaced with a combined segmental/quantitative contrast, where the so-called circumflex tone corresponds to relatively shorter duration and, in the case of diphthongs, centralized quality in the first half. We discuss the implications of these findings for further typological work.

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Dublin, 2014. 668-672 p.
, Science foundation Ireland, ISSN 2333-2042
Keyword [en]
Baltic, Latvian, Lithuanian, prosody, word accent
National Category
Humanities Languages and Literature
Research subject
Linguistics; Baltic Languages; Phonetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107947OAI: diva2:752517
Speech Prosody 17
Available from: 2014-10-04 Created: 2014-10-04 Last updated: 2014-10-04

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