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Original Paper

The Accentual Phrase in Singapore English

Chong A.J. · Sneed German J.

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aDepartment of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., USA; bAix-Marseille Université, CNRS, LPL, Aix-en-Provence, France

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: January 19, 2016
Accepted: June 04, 2016
Published online: October 17, 2016
Issue release date: May 2017

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0031-8388 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0321 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/PHO

Abstract

This paper reports on a speech production experiment that explores whether the accentual phrase (AP) represents an abstract level of prosodic phrasing in Singapore English. Specifically, it tests whether the right edge of the AP is associated with phrase-final lengthening, the degree of which can be distinguished from lengthening associated with the intonational phrase (IP). Target words were produced in matched sentence contexts in 3 phrasal positions: AP-medial (wordfinal), AP-final, and IP-final. As predicted, target words in AP-final position were longer than those in AP-medial position and shorter than those in IP-final position. Analysis of target duration and f0 together shows that AP boundaries are well discriminated from medial positions. Together, these results strongly support an AP level of phrasing for Singapore English and highlight its role in predicting timing variability.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: January 19, 2016
Accepted: June 04, 2016
Published online: October 17, 2016
Issue release date: May 2017

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0031-8388 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0321 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/PHO


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