A corpus study of word (root) prominence in Vera’a

Catalina Torres, Stefan Schnell

Friday, December 16th, 2022, 4.15pm – 4.45pm

Abstract

This study presents an acoustic investigation of word level prosody in the Oceanic language Vera’a. The analysis is based on a corpus of speech data collected during fieldwork from multiple speakers. A previous description of Vera’a suggests the language has lexical stress but its acoustic realisation was not further investigated. This study provides the first instrumental examination of five acoustic measures and their relation to prominence marking. The evidence indicates that vowels in the last syllable of the root are more prominent. However, these observations are restricted to some acoustic parameters.