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Encoding Prominence in Free Word Order Language Discourse

Tatiana Luchkina, 9/27/2013, 2-3pm, BI 2369

Perceived prominence in Russian, a free word order language, can be communicated prosodically and/or via a change in word order. A production-perception experiment with native speakers reveals that acoustic licensing of discourse-prominent constituent and a change in word order are deployed as reliable predictors of IS relations and discourse prominence and may reinforce each other, as evident from distinctively higher duration and intensity values associated with ex-situ words, as well as their higher visibility in discourse.

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