Rahmani, Rietveld & Gussenhoven (2018) – Post-focal and factive deaccentuation in Persian

Post-focal and factive deaccentuation in Persian
Hamed Rahmani, Toni Rietveld, Carlos Gussenhoven
direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003831
January 2018
Two experiments were carried out to examine whether the Persian word accent is deleted in two putative deaccenting contexts, post-focal regions and presupposed embedded clauses, to the extent that accentual minimal pairs become homophonous. A production experiment showed low F0 plateaus on the post-focal and presupposed words, while a perception experiment showed that such words are not recognized above a just-noticeable-difference baseline. The results confirm that accents are deleted in the contexts concerned and that accent location contrasts are neutralized.

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Reference: lingbuzz/003831
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Published in: Glossa, a journal of general linguistics
keywords: accent; deaccentuation; focus; post-focus compression; factivity; presupposition; persian, semantics, syntax, phonology