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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 French: Developing a ToBI system for French

Intonational phonology of French: Developing a ToBI system for French

(p.63) 3 Intonational phonology of French: Developing a ToBI system for French
Intonation in Romance

Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie

Brechtje Post

Mathieu Avanzi

Carolin Buthke

Albert Di Cristo

Ingo Feldhausen

Sun-Ah Jun

Philippe Martin

Trudel Meisenburg

Annie Rialland

Rafèu Sichel-Bazin

Hi-Yon Yoo

Oxford University Press

The aim of the chapter is to propose a ToBI transcription system for French, F_ToBI. The system is designed in such a way as to (i) be (surface) transparent and easily learnable by researchers working in different theoretical frameworks; and to (ii) make the exchange of data more feasible. It is couched in the Autosegmental Metrical framework and follows the usual ToBI conventions. This is to facilitate research in prosodic typology in particular within Romance, for which ToBI-style systems are often used. F_ToBI is designed to transcribe distinct intonation contours that are generally accepted in the literature on French intonation and which are supported by the analysis of empirical data. While it is inspired by existing theoretical accounts of French phrasing and intonation, it does not follow one single precursor, since its primary goal is to allow for an adequate and comprehensive transcription of French prosody in a cross-dialectal perspective.

Keywords:   French varieties, French intonation, prosodic phrasing, prosodic transcription, accentual phrase, French-ToBI, intonational phonology

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