Prosodic Effects on Plosive Duration in German and Austrian German

Barbara Schuppler, Margaret Zellers


This study investigates the acoustic cues used to mark prosodic boundaries in two varieties of German, with a specific focus on variations in production of fortis and lenis plosives. We extracted prosodic-boundary-adjacent and non-boundary-adjacent plosives from GRASS (Austrian German) and the Kiel Corpus of Read Speech (Northern German), and investigated closure duration, burst features, and duration characteristics of the surrounding segments. We find that closure and burst duration features, as well as duration of a preceding adjacent segment, vary consistently in relationship to the presence or absence of a prosodic boundary, but that the relative weights of these features differ in the two varieties studied.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2197

Cite as: Schuppler, B., Zellers, M. (2019) Prosodic Effects on Plosive Duration in German and Austrian German. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1736-1740, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2197.


@inproceedings{Schuppler2019,
  author={Barbara Schuppler and Margaret Zellers},
  title={{Prosodic Effects on Plosive Duration in German and Austrian German}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1736--1740},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2197},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2197}
}