Repetition reduction in Papuan Malay prosody

Constantijn Kaland, Christoph Bracks, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann


It has frequently been shown that speakers prosodically reduce repeated words in discourse. This phenomenon has been claimed to facilitate speech recognition and to be language universal. However, virtually all evidence for repetition reduction comes from English. The current study investigates to what extent repetition reduction in prosody is found in Papuan Malay. The prosody of Papuan Malay is under-researched and not yet well understood. In the current study, we hypothesize that Papuan Malay speakers show prosodic reduction of repeated words. In order to investigate this, an acoustic analysis is carried out on repeated words in short stories produced by native Papuan Malay speakers. The results show that for repeated mentions duration is reduced and mean pitch is higher. It is concluded that these findings are partially compatible with current theories on repetition and prominence.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-2

Cite as: Kaland, C., Bracks, C., Himmelmann, N.P. (2018) Repetition reduction in Papuan Malay prosody. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 10-14, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-2.


@inproceedings{Kaland2018,
  author={Constantijn Kaland and Christoph Bracks and Nikolaus P. Himmelmann},
  title={Repetition reduction in Papuan Malay prosody},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={10--14},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-2},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-2}
}