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The prenuclear field matters: Questions and statements in standard modern Greek

Baltazani, Mary and Kainada, Evia and Nicolaidis, Katerina and Lengeris, Angelos (2015) The prenuclear field matters: Questions and statements in standard modern Greek. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. International Phonetic Association. ISBN 978-0-85261-941-4. (KAR id:62028)


Within the AM model of intonational phonology, nuclear rather than prenuclear pitch accents typically monopolize our interest as the purported pivots for meaning distinctions among utterances. This paper compares, through one production and two perception experiments, the prenuclear field in statements versus polar questions in Greek, which can be string identical, differing only in intonation. Systematic differences in the prenuclear pitch accents of these two utterance types were found in both their peak alignment and scaling. Moreover, identification and discrimination experiments showed that listeners were attuned to these differences. These results underline the importance of research on the phonetics and phonology of prenuclear pitch accents and their contribution to the meaning of utterances.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Angelos Lengeris
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 19:51 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 15:52 UTC
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