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On the perception of prosodic prominences and boundaries in Papuan Malay

Sonja Riesberg; Janina Kalbertodt; Stefan Baumann; Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

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  "publisher": "Language Science Press", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.1402559", 
  "ISBN": "978-3-96110-108-5", 
  "container_title": "Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "On the perception of prosodic prominences and boundaries in Papuan Malay", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>This paper reports the results of two perception experiments on the prosody of Papuan<br>\nMalay. We investigated how native Papuan Malay listeners perceive prosodic prominences<br>\non the one hand, and boundaries on the other, following the Rapid Prosody Transcription<br>\nmethod as sketched in Cole &amp; Shattuck-Hufnagel (2016). Inter-rater agreement between the<br>\nparticipants was shown to be much lower for prosodic prominences than for boundaries.<br>\nImportantly, however, the acoustic cues for prominences and boundaries largely overlap.<br>\nHence, one could claim that inasmuch as prominence is perceived at all in Papuan Malay, it<br>\nis perceived at boundaries, making it doubtful whether prosodic prominence can be usefully<br>\ndistinguished from boundary marking in this language. Our results thus essentially confirm<br>\nthe results found for Standard Indonesian by Goedemans &amp; van Zanten (2007) and vari-<br>\nous claims regarding the production of other local varieties of Malay; namely, that Malayic<br>\nvarieties appear to lack stress (i.e. lexical stress as well as post-lexical pitch accents).</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Sonja Riesberg"
      "family": "Janina Kalbertodt"
      "family": "Stefan Baumann"
      "family": "Nikolaus P. Himmelmann"
  "page": "389-414", 
  "publisher_place": "Berlin", 
  "type": "chapter", 
  "id": "1402559"
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