An acoustic study of Estonian word stress

Pärtel Lippus, Eva Liina Asu, Mari-Liis Kalvik Mari
2014 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014   unpublished
This study investigates the acoustic correlates of word stress in Estonian. It forms part of a broader international collaboration the aim of which is to develop a universal languageindependent model for evaluating lexical stress regardless of the phonological structure of a given language. To this aim the characteristics of word stress in a range of languages are studied using unified methodology. For the present study, four acoustic measures were analysed as a function of speaking style and
more » ... ress: vowel duration, F0 mean, F0 standard deviation, and spectral emphasis. The results show that the strongest correlate of style and stress in Estonian is vowel duration, but stress has a strong interaction with the Estonian three-way quantity system.
doi:10.21437/speechprosody.2014-34 fatcat:femwlm2g35e5vel7hy7rsbiesu