14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
The use of increased duration to signal prosodic boundaries has been demonstrated for many languages. However, a number of studies have claimed that languages, in which length is phonemic do not have pre-boundary lengthening or the amount of lengthening at boundaries is not perceptually relevant. We show that for Hungarian, a language with phonemic length, there is consistent preboundary lengthening at three levels: word, syllable and phone. The amount of pre-boundary lengthening observed in our data was well within the limits of perceptible phonemic contrasts shown for short and long vowels and consonants in Hungarian.
Bibliographic reference. Hockey, Beth Ann / Fagyal, Zsuzsanna (1999): "Phonemic length and pre-boundary lengthening: an experimental investigation on the use of durational cues in Hungarian", In ICPhS-14, 313-316.