Ní Chasaide, A. and Dalton, M., Dialect alignment signatures, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Speech Prosody, International Conference on Speech Prosody, Dresden, 2-5 May, ISCA, 2006, 1-4
This paper considers the hypothesis that dialects may have
characteristic patterns in the alignment of the melodic contour
with the segmental or syllabic tiers. Peak alignment was
measured in initial prenuclear accented syllables for 3 dialects
of Connaught Irish, Cois Fharraige, Inis-Oirr and Mayo. The
size of the anacrusis varied as between two (PN2), one (PN1)
and no (PN0) unstressed syllables before the accented one.
Results support the hypothesis and indicate that the finetiming
of peak alignment does differ systematically among
the three dialects. In the first, Cois Fharraige, peaks remain
fixed across anacrusis conditions, being aligned to the right
edge of the accented syllable. The two other dialects reveal
more variable peak timing: Inis Oirr is moderately variable
showing a tendency for the peak to fall within the stressed
vowel, but shifting rightwards to the syllable boundary when
there is no anacrusis (PN0). The Mayo dialect is extremely
variable across the prenuclear conditions. It is argued that
such fine time alignment differences may be important to the
differentiation of even closely related dialects
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