Word order and tonal shape in the production of focus in short Finnish utterances

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Vainio , M , Järvikivi , J & Werner , S 2006 , Word order and tonal shape in the production of focus in short Finnish utterances . in Interspeech 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, vols 1-5 . ISCA , Baixas , pp. 561-564 , Interspeech 2006: International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP) , Pittsburgh, Pa. , United States , 17/09/2006 .

Title: Word order and tonal shape in the production of focus in short Finnish utterances
Author: Vainio, Martti; Järvikivi, Juhani; Werner, Stefan
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Speech Sciences
Publisher: ISCA
Date: 2006
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: Interspeech 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, vols 1-5
ISBN: 978-1-60423-449-7
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/24711
Abstract: This paper presents results from a study on the production of Finnish prosody. The effect of word order and the tonal shape in the production of Finnish prosody was studied as produced by 8 native Finnish speakers. Predictions formulated with regard to results from an earlier study pertaining to the perception of promi- nence were tested. These predictions had to do with the tonal shape of the utterances in the form of a flat hat pattern and the effect of word order on the so called top-line declination within an adver- bial phrase in the utterances. The results from the experiment give support to the following claims: the temporal domain of prosodic focus is the whole utterance, word order reversal from unmarked to marked has an effect on the production of prosody, and the pro- duction of the tonal aspects of focus in Finnish follows a basic flat hat pattern. That is the prominence of a word can be produced by an f 0 rise or a fall, depending on the location of the word in an utterance. The basic accentual shape of a Finnish word is then not a pointed rise/fall hat shape as claimed before since it can vary depending on the syllable structure and the position within an ut- terance.
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