ISCA Archive Interspeech 2005
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2005

The stress foot as a unit of planned timing: evidence from shortening in the prosodic phrase

Heejin Kim, Jennifer Cole

This study investigates whether the stress foot is a planned timing unit in American English, by examining the durational characteristics of the foot in three different prosodic contexts - i) within an intermediate phrase, ii) across an intermediate phrase and iii) across an intonational phrase. The results show that as the number of syllables in a foot increases, the duration of the foot increases, but the mean duration of syllables is reduced. Our examination of the internal structure of the foot reveals that there is a consistent shortening of stressed syllables within an intermediate phrase. These findings indicate that the stress foot within the intermediate phrase is a timing unit where durational shortening occurs in compensation for an increase in syllable count within the foot.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2005-37

Cite as: Kim, H., Cole, J. (2005) The stress foot as a unit of planned timing: evidence from shortening in the prosodic phrase. Proc. Interspeech 2005, 2365-2368, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2005-37

@inproceedings{kim05_interspeech,
  author={Heejin Kim and Jennifer Cole},
  title={{The stress foot as a unit of planned timing: evidence from shortening in the prosodic phrase}},
  year=2005,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2005},
  pages={2365--2368},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2005-37}
}