Prosody vs. Syntax: Prosodic rebracketing of final vocatives in English

Hans Henrich Hock, Indranil Dutta

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Abstract

We examine the prosodic incorporation of utterance-final vocatives in American English. Our report is based on two separate experiments to test the claim by Beckman and Pierrehumbert (1986) ([1]) and Pierrehumbert and Hirschberg ([9]) that the phonetic manifestation of an L* tone on the final vocative is indicative of its contrastive behavior. Our first experiment, involving the dramatic reading of two scenes from a make-believe play, shows that in contexts approximating natural speech, final vocatives are prosodically integrated into the matrix structure. A second experiment with decontextualized”out-of-the-blue” readings, by contrast, shows patterns similar to Beckman and Pierrehumbert (1986)([1]) and Pierrehumbert and Hirschberg ([9]).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2010
PublisherInternational Speech Communications Association
ISBN (Electronic)9780000000002
StatePublished - 2010
Event5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010 - Chicago, United States
Duration: May 10 2010May 14 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
ISSN (Print)2333-2042

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period5/10/105/14/10

Keywords

  • Final vocatives
  • Prosodic incorporation
  • Syntax-phonology interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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