Compound Stress in English: The Phonetics and Phonology of Prosodic Prominence

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 225 pages
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While it has long been noted that the first element of most, but not of all English nominal compounds is perceptually most prominent (e.g. TABLE cloth vs. paper CUP), a principled empirical investigation of the acoustics, perception, and the phonological distribution of these two prominence patterns has been missing. Using a corpus of spoken language, the current volume presents the first thorough and detailed investigation of these areas, while also introducing several methodological and statistical innovations to the field.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
concepts and issues
5
3 The corpus
16
4 Perception of compound prominence patterns
20
5 Acoustic correlates of compound prominence
57
6 Classification and prediction of compound prominence patterns
100
7 What determines compound prominence patterns?
133
8 Within and acrossspeaker variation
174
9 Conclusion
202
A Introduction to linear regression and mixedeffects models
207
B NOUN + NOUN compounds used in the variability study
210
References
213
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Gero Kunter, University ofSiegen, Germany.

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