Does boundary tone production in whispered speech depend on its bearer? Exploring a case of tonal crowding in whisper

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How does boundary tone production in whisper depend on the presence of apitch accent in the same syllable? Acoustic correlates of boundary tones wereinvestigated when produced on disyllabic, utterance-final words that carrieda nuclear accent, and that varied in lexical stress position (strong-weak versusweak-strong). In the former case, boundary tone and nuclear accent do notcoincide, whereas in the latter, they land on the same syllable. Acoustic analysesshowed that intensity, the second formant, and the power of the first and secondformants were higher when a question as opposed to a statement was produced.Not all differences became significant in both word types; in the tonal crowdingcase acoustic differences were smaller.


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