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Prosodic TypologyThe Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing$
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Sun-Ah Jun

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249633.001.0001

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Intonational Prominence in Varieties of Swedish Revisited

Intonational Prominence in Varieties of Swedish Revisited

(p.410) 15 Intonational Prominence in Varieties of Swedish Revisited
Prosodic Typology

Gösta Bruce

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an assessment of the analysis of intonational prominence (pitch accents) in varieties of Swedish. The starting point is prosodic typology for Swedish dialects. Two hierarchical levels of intonational prominence is relevant in Swedish: accent (non-focal accent) and focus (focal accent). Under each higher level of prominence, a word form has either of the two word accents, accent I and accent II. Three general features of the typology are given. The first is the timing of pitch accent gestures. Phonological and phonetic aspects of pitch accent timing as well as more specific details of the pitch characteristics of accent I are discussed. The two other features of the typology concern the pitch realization of focus and the pitch patterns of compound words. A synthesis of model parameters is presented by simulating the different dialect types using resynthesis of intonation.

Keywords:   intonational prominence, pitch accent timing, compound pitch patterns, focus pitch realisation, prosodic typology, intonation resynthesis, Swedish varieties, word accents

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