8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Phonetic Realization of the Suffix-Suppressed Accentual Phrase in Korean

Mira Oh (1), Kee-Ho Kim (2)

(1) Chonnam National University, Korea
(2) Korea University, Korea

Suffixes can surface or can be suppressed depending on context in Korean. Shin (1982) argues that the case marker-marked phrases deliver new information, while the case marker-suppressed phrases given information. The tonal pattern of the Accentual Phrase in Korean, LHLH, is not specific to morphological constituents within the phrase but is a property of the phrase (Jun 1993). Given that prosody often distinguishes pragmatic meanings, this study aims to find the phonetic characteristics of the suffix-suppressed Accentual Phrase through a phonetic experiment. The results indicate that the case marker-marked and -suppressed phrases are realized differently with respect to the degree of AP-final rising and AP-final tone realization. Different phonetic realizations reflect that the suffix-suppressed AP functions differently from the suffix-marked AP in discourse.

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Bibliographic reference.  Oh, Mira / Kim, Kee-Ho (2004): "Phonetic realization of the suffix-suppressed accentual phrase in Korean", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 1309-1312.