Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Elasticity of Prepausal Vowels in Japanese Rhythmic Structure

Yôko Mori

Kobe Kaisei College, Kobe, Japan

This study explores the effect of accent on duration from the viewpoint of Japanese rhythmic structure. Phonetic experiments reveal that prepausal vowel duration significantly and consistently varies by more than 40% depending on accent and position. This great degree of durational variation restricted to prepausal position suggests that the prepausal position is free from the constraints of mora timing in Japanese.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Mori, Yôko (2004): "Elasticity of prepausal vowels in Japanese rhythmic structure", In SP-2004, 243-246.