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Intonation in Romance$
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Sónia Frota and Pilar Prieto

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685332.001.0001

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Intonational phonology of Catalan and its dialectal varieties

Intonational phonology of Catalan and its dialectal varieties

(p.9) 2 Intonational phonology of Catalan and its dialectal varieties
Intonation in Romance

Pilar Prieto

Joan Borràs-Comes

Teresa Cabré

Verònica Crespo-Sendra

Ignasi Mascaró

Paolo Roseano

Rafèu Sichel-Bazin

Maria del Mar Vanrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the intonation and prosodic phrasing patterns which characterize the main dialects of the Catalan language, namely Central Catalan, Northwestern Catalan, Valencian, Balearic Catalan, Northern Catalan, and Algherese Catalan taking into account the most recent work on Catalan intonation. The chapter incorporates the important perspective of using a transparent ToBI analysis that is common to the intonation transcription of other Romance languages. The empirical basis of the investigation includes a large-scale intonation survey based on the Discourse Completion Task methodology in 70 different Catalan locales within these various dialectal areas. The central part of the chapter compares the prosodic realization of the different sentence types under analysis. Interestingly, differences in the prosodic realization of information-seeking yes-no questions (rising vs. falling configurations) distinguish two broad dialectal areas of the Catalan language domain which are also related to other Romance areas.

Keywords:   intonation, phrasing, AM model, Valencian, Northwestern Catalan, Central Catalan, Balearic Catalan, Algherese Catalan, Northern Catalan

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