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Recognizing phrase and utterance as prosodic units in non-tonal dialects of Kammu
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4628-3769
2008 (English)In: Proceedings, FONETIK 2008, Department of Linguistics, University of Gothenburg, 2008, 89-92 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a study of prosodic phras-ing in a non-tonal dialect of Kammu, a Mon-Khmer language spoken in Northern Laos. Prosodic phrasing is seen as correlated with syntactic and informational structures, and the description is made referring to these two lev-els. The material investigated comprises sen-tences of different lengths and syntactic struc-tures, uttered by seven male speakers. It is found that, based on prosodic cues, the distinc-tion between prosodic utterance and prosodic phrase can be made. Prosodic phrase is sig-naled by a sequence of low + high pitch while the right edge of the prosodic utterance gets low pitch. This low terminal is replaced by a high terminal in expressive speech. The study is performed using elicited speech.

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Department of Linguistics, University of Gothenburg, 2008. 89-92 p.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52038OAI: diva2:465332
Fonetik 2008, The 21st Swedish Phonetics Conference, June 11-13
tmh_import_11_12_14 QC 20111216Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2011-12-16Bibliographically approved

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