Phrase-Final Lengthening in Russian: Pre-boundary or Pre-pausal?

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8773)


It has been shown for many languages that words are lengthened in phrase-final position. However, it is not quite clear whether this lengthening is caused more by the presence of a boundary or by the presence of a pause. The present paper aims to answer this question by analysing the duration of stressed and post-stressed vowels in words occurring at the beginning/middle vs. end of intonational phrase, and with vs. without a following pause. In addition, the present study attempts to explain how lengthening is distributed among the the final word’s segments, especially in cases when the boundary is not marked by a pause.


phrase-final lengthening pre-boundary lengthening pre-pausal lengthening segment duration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhoneticsSaint Petersburg State UniversityRussia

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