Spectral tilt as a correlate of Papuan Malay word stress

Constantijn Kaland


Papuan Malay, like related languages, is claimed to have regular word stress. However, acoustic evidence to support this claim is lacking. In addition, the existence of word stress in Malayo-Polynesian languages has been topic of discussion in recent work. In particular, studies have struggled to keep apart prosodic phenomena on the word level from those at the phrase level. Therefore, it remains to be investigated to what extent impressionistic claims on word stress find empirical support. This issue is investigated in the current study by means of an acoustic analysis of spectral tilt. Spectral tilt has been shown to be a consistent correlate of word stress crosslinguistically. The spectral tilt measures are taken from spontaneous Papuan Malay speech and provide preliminary evidence for word stress.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-69

Cite as: Kaland, C. (2018) Spectral tilt as a correlate of Papuan Malay word stress. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 339-343, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-69.


@inproceedings{Kaland2018,
  author={Constantijn Kaland},
  title={Spectral tilt as a correlate of Papuan Malay word stress},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={339--343},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-69},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-69}
}