ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Did you say a BLUE banana? the prosody of contrast and abnormality in bulgarian and dutch

Diana V. Dimitrova, Gisela Redeker, John C. J. Hoeks

In a production experiment on Bulgarian that was based on a previous study on Dutch [1], we investigated the role of prosody when linguistic and extra-linguistic information coincide or contradict. Speakers described abnormally colored fruits in conditions where contrastive focus and discourse relations were varied. We found that the coincidence of contrast and abnormality enhances accentuation in Bulgarian as it did in Dutch. Surprisingly, when both factors are in conflict, the prosodic prominence of abnormality often overruled focus accentuation in both Bulgarian and Dutch, though the languages also show marked differences.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-296

Cite as: Dimitrova, D.V., Redeker, G., Hoeks, J.C.J. (2009) Did you say a BLUE banana? the prosody of contrast and abnormality in bulgarian and dutch. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 999-1002, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-296

@inproceedings{dimitrova09_interspeech,
  author={Diana V. Dimitrova and Gisela Redeker and John C. J. Hoeks},
  title={{Did you say a BLUE banana? the prosody of contrast and abnormality in bulgarian and dutch}},
  year=2009,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},
  pages={999--1002},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2009-296}
}