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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 the regional varieties of Italian

Intonational phonology of the regional varieties of Italian

(p.140) 5 Intonational phonology of the regional varieties of Italian
Intonation in Romance

Barbara Gili Fivela

Cinzia Avesani

Marco Barone

Giuliano Bocci

Claudia Crocco

Mariapaola D’Imperio

Rosa Giordano

Giovanna Marotta

Michelina Savino

Patrizia Sorianello

Oxford University Press

Italian shows large phonetic and prosodic variations that depend on the geographical and dialectal area the speakers come from. The chapter explicitly focuses on the intonational variation occurring in Italian and offers (1) the key elements of a shared transcription system able to take this into account and (2) an overview of the intonation patterns of thirteen varieties, spoken in cities and towns located in various areas of the Italian peninsula, i.e. Milan, Turin, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Rome, Pescara, Naples, Salerno, Cosenza, Bari, and Lecce. The main novelty of the chapter is the clear and explicit effort made in offering analyses and transcriptions that always keep in mind cross-variety comparison to finally facilitate cross-language comparison as well. Importantly, this is the first work on Italian in which this is systematically achieved on the basis of a wide and representative set of sentence types, apart from the number of varieties considered.

Keywords:   Italian, Italian varieties, variation in intonation, intonation transcription, intonational phonology

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