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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 Occitan

Intonational phonology of Occitan

Towards a prosodic transcription system

(p.198) 6 Intonational phonology of Occitan
Intonation in Romance

Rafèu Sichel-Bazin

Trudel Meisenburg

Pilar Prieto

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives the first overall description of the prosodic organization of Occitan, a Gallo-Romance minority language spoken mainly in southern France. It presents the relevant units of the prosodic hierarchy and the main intonational contours associated with their semantic-pragmatic value, and proposes a transcription system for Occitan prosody (Oc_ToBI). The results stem mainly from the analysis of data in the central Lengadocian dialect, but dialectal variation is also taken into account thanks to the data of the Atlàs interactiu de l’intonacion de l’occitan (Prieto and Sichel-Bazin 2007-). In most of its territory, Occitan is in contact with French, with which it shares many prosodic properties, mainly the relevance of the Accentual Phrase and some intonational features such as preaccentual rises in nuclear accents. However, two subdialects show different interference phenomena: Aranese, which is in contact with Catalan and Spanish; and Cisalpine, with Piedmontese and Italian.

Keywords:   Occitan, Accentual Phrase, lexical stress, initial rise, language contact, French, Italian, Piedmontese, Catalan, Spanish

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