ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010

The position of clitics in Persian intonational structure

Vahideh Abolhasani Zadeh, Carlos Gussenhoven, Mahmood Bijankhan

Persian clitic groups differ from words. Most importantly, a pitch accent (L+)H* is associated with the word-final (i.e. base-final) syllable of clitic groups, but with the word-final syllable of words, meaning that clitics remain outside the domain of the word. The pitch accent marks the stress, but we found no independent durational or spectral differences between stressed and unstressed syllables. Interestingly, the intonational distinction between words and clitic groups remains intact in the stretch of speech after the focus. Unlike Germanic, Persian post-focal words are accented, though pronounced with reduced pitch range.

Index terms: clitic group, phonological word, prosodic hierarchy, focus, pitch range

Cite as: Zadeh, V.A., Gussenhoven, C., Bijankhan, M. (2010) The position of clitics in Persian intonational structure. Proc. Speech Prosody 2010, paper 108

  author={Vahideh Abolhasani Zadeh and Carlos Gussenhoven and Mahmood Bijankhan},
  title={{The position of clitics in Persian intonational structure}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2010},
  pages={paper 108}