Prosodic accommodation in Seoul Korean accentual phrases

Author(s): Jiseung Kim


The goal of this study is to examine prosodic accommodation, specifically to test accommodation of prosodic boundaries with native speakers of Seoul Korean. Sixteen native speakers of Seoul Korean participated in a sentence completion task where they were asked to complete a target sentence after reading (in the baseline condition) or listening to (in the test condition) a context sentence. In both cases, participants completed the target sentence by speaking. The auditory context sentences had artificially manipulated prosody. The manipulation lowered the f0 of the phrase-final syllables that were associated with the Accentual Phrase (AP)-final rise, which is a characteristic intonational property of Seoul Korean. Four f0 values – f0 maximum, minimum, mean, and range – were extracted from the AP-final syllables of the participants’ responses, and were compared between the baseline and test conditions. Preliminary results of the four speakers analyzed to date show evidence of convergence for three speakers. The results suggest that effects of accommodation may be manifested in the pitch contours associated with a prosodic boundary.