How Words can be Misleading: A Study of Syllable Timing and “Stress” in Malay

Mohd Don, Zuraidah and Yong, J. and Knowles, Gerry (2008) How Words can be Misleading: A Study of Syllable Timing and “Stress” in Malay. Linguistics Journal, 3 (2). ISSN 1718-2298

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Abstract

Duration and F0 were studied in a set of 111 Malay words produced by two female native speakers of Malay in order to identify the citation pattern. This preliminary study seemed to provide strong evidence for penultimate stress. Seen in a wider context, the evidence collapsed, and it became clear that Malay does not have word stress at all. The search for syllable timing led to doubts whether the syllable is a relevant unit in Malay prosody. The conclusion is that in view of the lack of complicating factors, Malay is an appropriate language to adopt for the study of prosodic structure, and for the development of automatic techniques for the analysis of spoken corpora.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prosody; Malay; word-stress; syllable timing; spoken corpora; automatic annotation;
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Zanaria Saupi Udin
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 02:15
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 07:24
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2253

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