Structural and Prosodic Correlates of Prominence in Free Word Order Language Discourse

Tatiana Luchkina, Jennifer Cole


Production and perception experiments with native speakers of Russian, a free word order language, show that prosody and change in word order are used to mark discourse-prominent constituents. Concurrent application of these cues to prominence is possible, as evident from distinctively higher f0 and intensity maxima, and duration values associated with ex- situ words, as well as their higher visibility in discourse. Distinctive acoustic-prosodic realization of ex-situ words may cue their relatively high informational load and discourse prominence, as well as (redundantly) signal that the word is left- or right-dislocated.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-213

Cite as: Luchkina, T., Cole, J. (2014) Structural and Prosodic Correlates of Prominence in Free Word Order Language Discourse. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 1119-1123, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-213.


@inproceedings{Luchkina2014,
  author={Tatiana Luchkina and Jennifer Cole},
  title={{Structural and Prosodic Correlates of Prominence in Free Word Order Language Discourse}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={1119--1123},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-213},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-213}
}