16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

Polysyllabic Shortening and Word-Final Lengthening in English

Andreas Windmann (1), Juraj Šimko (2), Petra Wagner (1)

(1) Universität Bielefeld, Germany
(2) University of Helsinki, Finland

We investigate Polysyllabic shortening effects in three prosodic domains, the word, the inter-stress interval (ISI) and the narrow rhythm unit (NRU), in a large corpus of English broadcast speech. Results confirm and extend earlier findings, indicating that these effects are interpretable as artifacts of word-final lengthening. We do, however, find effects compatible with the assumption of eurhythmic principles in speech production.

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Bibliographic reference.  Windmann, Andreas / Šimko, Juraj / Wagner, Petra (2015): "Polysyllabic shortening and word-final lengthening in English", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 36-40.