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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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Transcription of Romanian intonation

Transcription of Romanian intonation

(p.284) 8 Transcription of Romanian intonation
Intonation in Romance

Doina Jitcă

Vasile Apopei

Otilia Păduraru

Samuil Maruşca

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the main standard and non-standard Romanian melodic contours of two Romanian linguistic areas corresponding to distinct intonational varieties: Moldova and Transylvania. For this purpose, we used a compatible ToBI annotation system (Ro_ToBI) and a speech corpus based on a questionnaire designed to elicit various types of utterances. Each type of intonational contour was analyzed starting from a description based on a sequence of Ro_ToBI pitch events. Special attention was paid to the pitch events that generated the focus in each prosodic phrase. Our descriptions of the Romanian intonational contours agree with those presented by other authors. All labels of the Ro_ToBI set are also found in the annotation systems defined for other languages. The cross-linguistic differences in contour annotation result from different interpretations of the pitch events whose F0 patterns do not match the standard definitions of the labels.

Keywords:   pitch event, focus, prosodic phrase, Ro_ToBI annotation system, intonational varieties

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