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Linguistica Uralica
ISSN 1736-7506 (Electronic)
ISSN 0868-4731 (Print)

Prominence and Gemination in Ingrian; pp. 81-100

Full article in PDF format | doi:10.3176/lu.2009.2.01

Author
Matthew Gordon

Abstract
This paper reports results of an acoustic study of stress and length patterns in Ingrian, a Finnic language closely related to Finnish. Primary stressed syllables were found to have higher fundamental frequency than both ­secondary stressed and unstressed syllables. Intensity and duration played a limited role in signaling stress. In keeping with published descriptions, consonants ­preceding a long vowel in the second syllable of the primary stress foot were lengthened. The lengthening effect was greater in consonants targeted by the process of primary gemination (Finnish yleisgeminaatio), i.e. those in CVCVV feet in ­disyllabic words, than those affected by other gemination phenomena ­applying in ­Ingrian.
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