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Variation in the intonation of extra-sentential elements

Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa and Nolan, Francis (2007). Variation in the intonation of extra-sentential elements. In: Prieto, Pilar; Mascaro, Joan and Sole, Maria-Josep eds. Segmental and Prosodic Issues in Romance Phonology. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory (282). John Benjamins, pp. 85–107.

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Abstract

Extra-sentential elements usually form independent intonational domains. Due to this property, they have been used in the phonological literature to define the intonational phrase. This study, using English and Catalan empirical data collected in three experiments, shows significant variation in the phrasing and accentuation of these constructions. We argue that their role is primarily semantic: they are supplementary, semantically non-restrictive, and anaphorically linked to their referent. Prosody signals their grammatical function by means of independent phrasing, by reductions in pitch span leading to total deaccentuation, and/or by tonal reduplication. We argue that both tonal and junctural cues are used in combination to mark extra-sentential elements as external to the phrase.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2007 John Benjamins
ISBN: 90-272-4797-8, 978-90-272-4797-1
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Item ID: 21144
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 15:18
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2010 05:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21144
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