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Tonal Association and Tonal Alignment: Evidence from Greek Polar Questions and Contrastive Statements

Arvaniti, Amalia, Ladd, D. R., Mennen, I. (2006) Tonal Association and Tonal Alignment: Evidence from Greek Polar Questions and Contrastive Statements. Language and Speech, 49 (4). pp. 421-450. ISSN 0023-8309. (doi:10.1177/00238309060490040101) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45934)

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Abstract

This paper compares the production and perception of the rise-fall contour of contrastive statements and the final rise-fall part of polar questions in Greek. The results show that these superficially similar rise-falls exhibit fine phonetic differences in the alignment of tonal targets with the segmental string, and that these differences can be used by native speakers under experimental conditions to identify the two contour types. It is further shown here that the observed differences in alignment are best attributed to differences in the overall tonal composition of these contours, which results in different degrees of crowding for the targets involved. This analysis accounts for the differences in phonetic detail between the two contours, while obviating the need to posit distinct secondary associations for the peak of the rise-fall. It is suggested that differences in phonetic alignment should be formalized by means of the secondary association mechanism only if simpler analyses and explanations have been considered and shown not to account effectively for the data. Finally, the perceptual results suggest that even small alignment differences like those observed here have a role in perception and should therefore be specified in a full description of the phonetic implementation of tunes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00238309060490040101
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Amalia Arvaniti
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2014 10:33 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45934 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Arvaniti, Amalia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1689-1931
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