10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Tonal Alignment in Three Varieties of Hiberno-English

Raya Kalaldeh, Amelie Dorn, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

This pilot study investigates the tonal alignment of pre-nuclear (PN) and nuclear (N) accents in three Hiberno-English (HE) regional varieties: Dublin, Drogheda, and Donegal English. The peak alignment is investigated as a function of the number of unstressed syllables before PN and after N. Dublin and Drogheda English appear to a have fixed peak alignment in both nuclear and pre-nuclear conditions. Donegal English, however, shows a drift in peak alignment in nuclear and pre-nuclear conditions. Findings also show that the peak is located earlier in nuclear and later in pre-nuclear conditions across the three dialects.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Kalaldeh, Raya / Dorn, Amelie / Ní Chasaide, Ailbhe (2009): "Tonal alignment in three varieties of hiberno-English", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2443-2446.