Standard Croatian pitch-accents: fact and fiction

Elenmari Pletikos Olof, Julian Bradfield

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Standard Croatian is a normatively described high-prestige dialect, which most Croatians in public life attempt to acquire, and which is taught in schools. It has four pitch accents, long/short rising/falling. We present acoustic and perceptual analyses of data from a wide range of speakers from different dialect backgrounds, showing that even for those with closely related native dialects with four accents, the established descriptions do not match productions -- for example, rising tones do not rise, and the moraic tonal structure does not agree. There is a wide range of accentuation from a tonal system with four
pitch-accents to a stress/dynamic system with one accent which is a short
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences ICPhS 2019
EditorsSasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain, Paul Warren
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
PublisherAustralian Speech Science & Technology Association Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-0-646-80069-1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2019
Event19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 Aug 20199 Aug 2019


Conference19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2019
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  • Croatian
  • phonetics
  • pitch-accent


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