Persian word accent is deletable

Hamed Rahmani, Toni Rietveld, Carlos Gussenhoven

Two experiments were conducted to determine whether the Persian word accent disappears in two putative ‘deaccenting’ contexts, post-focal regions and ‘presupposed’ embedded clauses, to the extent that accentual minimal pairs become homophonous. A production experiment showed low F0 plateaus on the post-focal and presupposed words, while a perception experiment showed that such words are not recognized above a just-noticeable-difference (JND) baseline. The results confirm that accents are deleted and that accent location contrasts are neutralized.

DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-90

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Rahmani, H., Rietveld, T., Gussenhoven, C. (2016) Persian word accent is deletable. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 440-444.

author={Hamed Rahmani and Toni Rietveld and Carlos Gussenhoven},
title={Persian word accent is deletable},
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},