Pointed and plateau-shaped pitch accents in North Frisian

Oliver Niebuhr, Jarich Hoekstra

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Our study presents the initial results of an analysis of North Frisian intonation, based on a spontaneous interview corpus of Fering, the dialect of the island of Föhr off the west coast of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The corpus was recorded more than 50 years ago during fieldwork for language documentation and conservation purposes. We selected a small part of this corpus – interviews of 10 elderly speakers – and conducted multiparametric F0 and duration measurements, focusing on nuclear rising-falling pitch accent patterns. We found strong evidence for a phonological pitch-accent distinction that relies on the difference between a pointed and a plateau-shaped F0 peak. We suggest that the two pitch accents be represented as LþH* and H*þL, and we discuss our findings with regard to possible communicative functions, implications for intonational typology, and the trade-off between F0 range and F0 peak extension in conveying pitch height.
TidsskriftLaboratory Phonology
Udgave nummer3-4
Sider (fra-til)433-468
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Begivenhed14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology: Laboratory Phonology beyond the Laboratory: Quantitative Analyses of Speech Produced outside the Phonetics Laboratory - Tokyo, Japan
Varighed: 25. jul. 201427. jul. 2014


Konference14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology

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