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Title:Lexical, Pragmatic and Positional Effects on Prosody in Two Dialects of Croatian and Serbian: An Acoustic Study
Author(s):Smiljanic, Rajka
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cole, Jennifer S.
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:Briefly, the results of the acoustic studies conducted show that there is a difference between the two dialects in their phonological properties: as mentioned, the Belgrade dialect has a pitch-accent and vowel length contrast while the Zagreb dialect does not. Lexical pitch-accent and vowel length contrasts are found to influence the expression of pragmatic focus: the phonemic contrasts are enlarged in narrow focus. Tonal crowding in the phrase-final positions additionally affects tonal alignment regardless of the presence or absence of the lexical pitch-accent contrast. These results have implications for the typology of the prosodic systems, for Intonational Phonology, and for phonetic implementation of phonological contrasts.
Issue Date:2002
Description:203 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3070438
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002

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