10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Did You Say a BLUE Banana? The Prosody of Contrast and Abnormality in Bulgarian and Dutch

Diana V. Dimitrova, Gisela Redeker, John C. J. Hoeks

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

In a production experiment on Bulgarian that was based on a previous study on Dutch [1], we investigated the role of prosody when linguistic and extra-linguistic information coincide or contradict. Speakers described abnormally colored fruits in conditions where contrastive focus and discourse relations were varied. We found that the coincidence of contrast and abnormality enhances accentuation in Bulgarian as it did in Dutch. Surprisingly, when both factors are in conflict, the prosodic prominence of abnormality often overruled focus accentuation in both Bulgarian and Dutch, though the languages also show marked differences.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dimitrova, Diana V. / Redeker, Gisela / Hoeks, John C. J. (2009): "Did you say a BLUE banana? the prosody of contrast and abnormality in bulgarian and dutch", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 999-1002.