ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2020
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2020

Durational cues to stress and phrasing are preserved post-focally in English

Danfeng Wu

This paper studies two questions in English prosody through an investigation of prosody in post-focal contexts: i) whether (phrasal) stress has a phonetic basis, and should be distinguished from pitch accent; and ii) whether an intermediate phrase must contain pitch accent. The post-focal contexts are good test grounds for these questions because they are claimed to undergo ‘deaccentuation’, i.e. they lack pitch accents. This paper shows with preliminary results from a production study that there is durational evidence that indicates that phrasal stress can exist post-focally in the absence of pitch accent, and therefore phrasal stress can be realized acoustically, and should be distinguished from pitch accent. Furthermore, intermediate phrase boundaries are preserved post-focally, implying that intermediate phrases do not have to contain pitch accent.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-49

Cite as: Wu, D. (2020) Durational cues to stress and phrasing are preserved post-focally in English. Proc. Speech Prosody 2020, 240-244, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-49

@inproceedings{wu20b_speechprosody,
  author={Danfeng Wu},
  title={{Durational cues to stress and phrasing are preserved post-focally in English}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={240--244},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-49}
}