Language-Independent Prosodic Features

  • Jacqueline Vaissière
Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 14)


The purpose of this contribution is to investigate the similarities in form and function of prosody among diverse languages. All speakers, regardless of their specific language, are equipped with the same production and perception apparatus, and consequently have the same capabilities and must face the same physiological constraints. Such similarities should be reflected in the acoustic production of any speaker. The first specific aim of this contribution is to review a number of striking acoustic similarities in the suprasegmental aspects of neutral sentences in different languages, together with possible physiological explanations for them.


Word Boundary Stressed Syllable Declarative Sentence Lexical Stress Tone Language 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

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  • Jacqueline Vaissière

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