Journal article

The alignment of F0 tonal targets under changes in speech rate in Drehu

Catalina Torres, Janet Fletcher

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America | Nature Research | Published : 2020


This study investigates fundamental frequency alignment to segmental landmarks in Drehu, an Oceanic language. The authors present a production experiment that aimed to evaluate the marking of prosodic prominence, and in particular, the tonal marking of prominence, within the autosegmental-metrical phonology, since stress and prominence system of the language has not been phonetically investigated. A rate manipulation paradigm was chosen to test the segmental anchoring hypothesis, namely, to see whether prominence lending tonal movements exhibit a constant slope due to rate manipulation and whether tonal targets can be associated to segmental anchoring points in the speech stream. The authors..

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Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all the participants for their time and patience. Special thanks to Fabrice Wacalie for his support and to Kama Fulilagi Halluatr for helping develop the materials for the experiment. This research was conducted with support from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Project ID No. CE140100041).