ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022

The coordination of boundary tones with constriction gestures in Seoul Korean, an edge-prominence language

Jiyoung Jang, Argyro Katsika

Boundary tones mark major phrase boundaries and are expected to be coordinated with speech gestures adjacent to the boundaries. Research on Greek has indeed shown that the onset of the BT (boundary tone) gestures co-occurs with the gestural target of the phrase-final vowel. Interestingly, this coordination was found to be modulated by lexical stress even in the absence of phrasal pitch accent. The present electromagnetic articulography study examines the coordination of BT gestures with respect to constriction gestures in Seoul Korean, a language with no lexical prosody and an edge-prominence system, and further investigates whether prominence affects this coordination. To this end, the distance of the prominent linguistic unit to the boundary was manipulated in a variety of ways. Results indicate that the onset of BT gestures in Korean is most proximate to the peak velocity of the phrase-final vowel gesture, but also suggest that a c-center account is viable. Prominence fine-tunes this coordination. BT gestures are initiated earlier when focus is not phrase-final as opposed to final, as long as a specific distance between focus and the boundary tone is not exceeded. Based on these results, implications on the relationships between the lexical and phrasal prosodic levels are discussed.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-30

Cite as: Jang, J., Katsika, A. (2022) The coordination of boundary tones with constriction gestures in Seoul Korean, an edge-prominence language. Proc. Speech Prosody 2022, 145-149, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-30

@inproceedings{jang22_speechprosody,
  author={Jiyoung Jang and Argyro Katsika},
  title={{The coordination of boundary tones with constriction gestures in Seoul Korean, an edge-prominence language}},
  year=2022,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2022},
  pages={145--149},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-30}
}