Persian word accent is deletable

Author(s): Hamed Rahmani, Toni Rietveld and Carlos Gussenhoven


Two experiments were conducted to determine whether the Persian word accent disappears in two putative ‘deaccenting’ contexts, post-focal regions and ‘presupposed’ embedded clauses, to the extent that accentual minimal pairs become homophonous. A production experiment showed low F0 plateaus on the post-focal and presupposed words, while a perception experiment showed that such words are not recognized above a just-noticeable-difference (JND) baseline. The results confirm that accents are deleted and that accent location contrasts are neutralized.