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Head beats as pitch-accompanying visual correlates of primary and secondary lexical stress: Evidence from Stockholm Swedish compounds
Lund University, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language. Lund University, Sweden. (LNUC Intermedial and multimodal studies, IMS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5324-3071
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, Berlin: The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), 2018, p. 124-128Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study examines the interplay of (verbal) prosody with (visual) head and eyebrow movements in a 24-minute corpus of Swedish television news readings. The paper focuses on ‘double’ beat gestures, asking whether their occurrence relates to a word’s lexical prominence structure (simplex; compound), to lexical tonal prosody (Accent 1; Accent 2), or rather to prominence levels (+/- focal accent; +/- nuclear position). The results suggest that double eyebrow beats are a marginal phenomenon. Double head beats are also rare (only 28 of the 688 words annotated for head beats in our 4088- word corpus), but their usage follows a clear pattern: There is no preference for the nuclear position, but a strong preference to occur on a focally-accented compound (Accent 2), which is usually realized with two pitch peaks. In conjunction with previous findings on (single) head beats, the present results suggest that a head beat in this type of data can associate with lexical (primary or secondary) stress in case the stressed syllable is also marked by a (tonal or intonational) pitch peak.

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Berlin: The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), 2018. p. 124-128
Keywords [en]
audio-visual prosody, pitch accent, gesture, multimodality, prominence, nuclear accent
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Humanities, Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80931DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-25OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80931DiVA, id: diva2:1293215
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TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages. 18-20 June 2018, Berlin, Germany
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-02140Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, MAW 2012.01.03Available from: 2019-03-04 Created: 2019-03-04 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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