15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Boundary Signaling in Relation to Temporal Pattern Differences: The Relevance of the Role of Duration

Zita McRobbie-Utasi

Simon Fraser University, Canada

In this concluding part of a pilot study, further evidence is presented of differences in boundary signaling between languages with contrastive vs. non-contrastive duration. It will be shown that (i) in languages where duration is non-contrastive the durational increase functioning as a boundary signal is greater than in those languages where duration is contrastive, and that (ii) this durational increase co-occurs with a greater degree of variation in duration within the paragraph. Further, it is argued that recognizable temporal patterns exist in relation to a durational target, and that the effort evident on the part of the speaker to maintain a target duration is realized differently in the two language types.

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Bibliographic reference.  McRobbie-Utasi, Zita (2003): "Boundary signaling in relation to temporal pattern differences: the relevance of the role of duration", In ICPhS-15, 2019-2022.