ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022

On the role of asymmetry in prosodic change of consonant duration: Results from an agent-based model with two German varieties

Johanna Cronenberg, Nicola Klingler, Felicitas Kleber, Michael Pucher

This study investigates how an asymmetric conversational situation between two standard varieties of German can influence the speakers' consonant quantity in /V:C:/ sequences, i.e. a prosodic feature. Asymmetric conversations between German and Austrian speakers, i.e. scenarios in which one of the varieties provided the majority of speech input, were simulated using an agent-based model which adhered to principles from Exemplar Theory and the mechanistic view on sound change. The results showed that Austrian agents were more prone to prosodic change than Germans due to a higher variability and bias towards shortened consonants in their acoustic representation of /V:C:/. The findings are discussed in light of the interactive-phonetic model of sound change.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-51

Cite as: Cronenberg, J., Klingler, N., Kleber, F., Pucher, M. (2022) On the role of asymmetry in prosodic change of consonant duration: Results from an agent-based model with two German varieties. Proc. Speech Prosody 2022, 249-253, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-51

@inproceedings{cronenberg22_speechprosody,
  author={Johanna Cronenberg and Nicola Klingler and Felicitas Kleber and Michael Pucher},
  title={{On the role of asymmetry in prosodic change of consonant duration: Results from an agent-based model with two German varieties}},
  year=2022,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2022},
  pages={249--253},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-51}
}