The Acoustic Realization of Prosodic Prominence in Polish: Word-level Stress and Phrase-level Accent

Aleksandra Ćwiek, Petra Wagner


The current study addresses the question of how word-level (“stress”) and phrase- or sentence-level prominence (“accent”) is realized in Polish. For this purpose, a production experiment eliciting semi-spontaneous utterances was conducted, closely following the methodological approach introduced in [1]. Our acoustic analyses are based on identical target syllables which are embedded in sentences under conditions that allow to disentangle word-level and phrase-level prominence. The acoustic realizations of these target syllables are then subject to linear mixed-effect models fitted for various acoustic parameters: duration, fundamental frequency maximum, intensity, and spectral balance. The models indicate that prominence marking in Polish is realized acoustically in a stable fashion on phrase-level only. Word stress marking occurs only in cases where a lexically stressed syllable simultaneously realizes a phrase-level accent.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-186

Cite as: Ćwiek, A., Wagner, P. (2018) The Acoustic Realization of Prosodic Prominence in Polish: Word-level Stress and Phrase-level Accent. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 922-926, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-186.


@inproceedings{Ćwiek2018,
  author={Aleksandra Ćwiek and Petra Wagner},
  title={The Acoustic Realization of Prosodic Prominence in Polish: Word-level Stress and Phrase-level Accent},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={922--926},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-186},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-186}
}