Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Poetic Metre, Prominence, and The Perception of Prosody: A Case of Intersection of Art and Science of Spoken Language

Ilse Lehiste

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

The paper explores ways in which the prosody of a language can be investigated by studying the prosody of poetry created in that language. Certain poetic metres (such as the trochaeic or dactylic metre) are perceived as being 'the same' in essential ways, regardless of the language in the poetry of which these metres are employed. Acoustic analysis of realizations of these metres, produced orally by native speakers of the different languages, reveals distinctive differences that in turn shed light on the prosodic structure of the languages themselves. Languages reported on in this paper include Japanese, Finnish, Faroese, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Swedish.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lehiste, Ilse (1994): "Poetic metre, prominence, and the perception of prosody: a case of intersection of art and science of spoken language", In ICSLP-1994, 2237-2244.