Mary Baltazani

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Greek ToBI is a system for the annotation of (Standard) Greek spoken corpora, that encodes intonational, prosodic and phonetic information. It is used to develop a large and publicly available database of prosodically annotated utterances for research, engineering and educational purposes. Greek ToBI is based on the system developed for American English(More)
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)
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)
In the past years, the status of phrase accents in Greek polar questions has been studied extensively. These phrase accents show two distinct patterns of alignment, depending on the position of the nucleus: if the nucleus of the question is not on the final word of the utterance, a H-phrase accent aligns with the stressed syllable of the final word. If the(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 wh-word respectively. I discuss the implications of this pattern for the focus projection rules and for the accentedness of discourse new(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)
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)