Mary Baltazani

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In this paper, we investigate the phonological and phonetic markers of focus and topic intonation in Greek. We have found that both focus and topic are marked by phrasing, type of pitch accent and boundary tone. One difference between the two is that, on the one hand, focus deletes a boundary after the focus word and de-accents all following words. On the(More)
In this paper I present the results of a production experiment testing the hypothesis that L*+H pre-nuclear pitch accents are indistinguishable in statements and questions in Greek. Results show that the L and the H tones of the L*+H pitch accent have different patterns of alignment in polar and in statements. These results suggest that the pitch accents(More)
Rhotic production has been reported to show variation in several languages as a function of factors such as context, position, and speech rate. The present study examines electropalatographic and acoustic data during the production of the Greek rhotic in /Cr/ clusters (C=/p, t, k, f, θ, x/). Data were recorded from five Greek speakers producing the rhotic(More)
In Greek main sentence stress is located on the rightmost constituent in ‘all new’ declaratives, but for all-new negatives, polar questions, and wh-questions it is located on the negative particle, main verb, and whword respectively. I discuss the implications of this pattern for the focus projection rules and for the accentedness of discourse new(More)
Apart from reports on high vowel deletion and mid vowel raising in Northern Greek dialects (Chatzidakis 1905, Papadopoulos 1927, Newton 1972, Browning 1991, Kondosopoulos 2000, Trudgill 2003) there is hardly any description of the phonetic quality of vowels—and even less so of glides—surfacing in these dialects. Standard Modern Greek (SMG) has been reported(More)
We offer an analysis of the influence exerted by segmental rules on the suprasegmental structure in the dialect of Ipiros Greek (IG). In particular we investigated how vowel deletion (VD) affects the phonetic realization of the L*+H pitch accent. Our data empirically establish that the H tone aligns much earlier when VD applies than when it does not.(More)
Within the AM model of intonational phonology, nuclear rather than prenuclear pitch accents typically monopolize our interest as the purported pivots for meaning distinctions among utterances. This paper compares, through one production and two perception experiments, the prenuclear field in statements versus polar questions in Greek, which can be string(More)
We present an analysis of multiple focus sentences in Greek. On an empirical level, we show that the current generalisation in the Greek literature that multiple focus is unavailable in Greek is too strong as it stands. What is unavailable is multiple maximal foci in sentences where one focused item has moved to the left periphery. We view the(More)
This study examined cross-dialectal differences on the perception of Greek vowels. Speakers of Standard Modern Greek (SMG) and two dialectal areas (Crete, Kozani), all with five vowels in their systems, chose best exemplar locations (prototypes) for Greek vowels embedded in a carrier sentence spoken by a speaker of their dialect. The results showed that(More)