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Nordic Prosody

Proceedings of the Xth Conference, Helsinki 2008

Edited By Martti Vainio, Reijo Aulanko and Olli Aaltonen

This volume contains the revised texts of talks and posters given at the Nordic Prosody X conference, held at the University of Helsinki, in August 2008. The contributions by Scandinavian and other researchers cover a wide range of prosody-related topics from various theoretical and methodological points of view. Although the history of the conference series is Nordic and Scandinavian, the current volume presents studies that are of mainly Baltic origin in the sense that of the eight languages presented in the proceedings only English is not natively spoken around the Baltic Sea. Research issues addressed in the 25 articles include various aspects of speech prosody, their regional variation within and across languages as well as social and idiolectal variation. Speech technology and modelling of prosody are also addressed in more than one article.


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1. Some prosodic properties of South-East Norwegian flight attendant speech 9 Jardar Eggesbø Abrahamsen 2. Prosodic features of compound words in some Southwestern dialects of Swedish in Finland 19 Eija Aho 3. Swedish and German intonation in confirmations and assertions 25 Gilbert Ambrazaitis 4. Prosody of discontinuous noun phrases in Finnish 37 Anja Arnhold 5. The realization of Estonian quantity characteristics in spontaneous speech 49 Eva Liina Asu, Pärtel Lippus, Pire Teras, Tuuli Tuisk 6. Prosodic features of very short utterances in dialogue 57 Jens Edlund, Mattias Heldner, Antoine Pelcé 7. Modelling intonational variation in Swedish: two reports from the SIMULEKT project 69 Laura Enflo, Susanne Schötz, Gösta Bruce, Björn Granström, Jonas Beskow 8. Phonological and grammatical informative value in an intonation unit 79 M. Carmen Fernández Leal 9. Development of prosodic models for a southern Swedish clustergen voice for speech synthesis 87 Johan Frid 10. Prosodic features in the vicinity of silences and overlaps 95 Mattias Heldner, Jens Edlund, Kornel Laskowski, Antoine Pelcé 11. Micro-prosodic consonantal effects on macro-intonation 107 Antti Iivonen, Tapio Seppänen, Kai Noponen, Juhani Toivanen 12. A multilingual 3D vowel chart for monophthongs based on formants 117 Toshiko Isei-Jaakkola, Takatoshi Naka, Keikichi Hirose 13. Intonation units in Russian spontaneous speech spoken by Finnish Russian language learners 127 Hanna Kärkkäinen 8 Contents 14. Cross-language differences in the production of phrasal prominence in Norwegian and German 139 Jacques Koreman, Bistra Andreeva, William J. Barry, Rein Ove Sikveland, Wim van...

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