The acoustic correlates of the unparsed: Why we need more than a strong-weak distinction
AbstractA study was conducted to demonstrate the results of two investigations on St' at'imcets (Lillooet Salish) that tested the prediction that phonologically distinct domains in the Prosodic Hierarchy are acoustically distinct. The investigations stated that an acoustic distinction needs to be produced by speakers, when a phonological distinction exists between non-prominent syllables. The investigations revealed that these acoustic differences need to be reflected in traditional prominence cues and boundary effects. It was also demonstrated that the existing Prosodic Hierarchy model permits a 3-way syllable distinction at Pword level. The 3-way syllable distinction included stressed head of foot, unstressed non-head of foot, and unstressed unparsed at foot level.
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