14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Interference of a Quantity Language in Rhythmic Structure of a Stress Language

Viola de Silva

University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Finnish is a Fenno-ugric language whose phonological system includes the opposition of short/long both in consonant and in vowel quantity which is not an indication of stress as both stressed and unstressed vowels can be long and short. In Russian duration is a parameter of stress and vowels have three different stages of duration. The results of our analysis proved that the three-leveled hierarchy of vowel duration exists in the normative Russian pronunciation, but the interference of Finnish leads to two stages: (very) long and (very) short. The vowel duration together with durational differences in consonants whose durational distribution is greater in the pronunciation of Finns disturb the rhythmic structure of single words in Russian.

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Bibliographic reference.  Silva, Viola de (1999): "Interference of a quantity language in rhythmic structure of a stress language", In ICPhS-14, 559-562.