The position of clitics in Persian intonational structure
|The position of clitics in Persian intonational structure|
|Author(s)||Vahideh Abolhasani Zadeh, Carlos Gussenhoven, Mahmood Bijankhan|
|Country||University of Tehran, Iran, University Nijmegen, Netherlands, Queen Mary University of London, UK|
|Media type||web article |
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clitic group phonological word prosodic hierarchy focus pitch range
Persian clitic groups differ from words. Most importantly, a pitch accent (L+)H* is associated with the word-final (i.e. base-final) syllable of clitic groups, but with the word-final syllable of words, meaning that clitics remain outside the domain of the word. The pitch accent marks the stress, but we found no independent durational or spectral differences between stressed and unstressed syllables. Interestingly, the intonational distinction between words and clitic groups remains intact in the stretch of speech after the focus. Unlike Germanic, Persian post-focal words are accented, though pronounced with reduced pitch range.