Pitch as a Physical Correlate of Stress in Gedeo Nouns


  • Abebayehu Messele Mekonnen Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Addis Ababa University


This study aims at investigating the acoustic correlates of stress in
the nouns of the Gedeo language. Acoustic analysis is employed to analyze
81 nouns recorded from three native speakers of the languages. Results
showed that, in this language, pitch variations are significant correlates of
stress in nouns. Unlike the general literature on the phonetic correlates of
stress, duration, particularly vowel length, does not appear to be a consistent
correlate of stress.