ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010

Intonation of Finnish verbs

Anja Arnhold, Martti Vainio, Antti Suni, Juhani Järvikivi

A production experiment investigated the tonal shape of Finnish finite verbs in transitive sentences without narrow focus. Traditional descriptions of Finnish stating that nonfocused finite verbs do not receive accents were only partly supported. Verbs were found to have a consistently smaller pitch range than words in other word classes, but their pitch contours were neither flat nor explainable by pure interpolation.

Index Terms: Finnish, verbs, intonation, accent


Cite as: Arnhold, A., Vainio, M., Suni, A., Järvikivi, J. (2010) Intonation of Finnish verbs. Proc. Speech Prosody 2010, paper 054

@inproceedings{arnhold10_speechprosody,
  author={Anja Arnhold and Martti Vainio and Antti Suni and Juhani Järvikivi},
  title={{Intonation of Finnish verbs}},
  year=2010,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2010},
  pages={paper 054}
}