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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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Sardinian intonational phonology: Logudorese and Campidanese varieties

Sardinian intonational phonology: Logudorese and Campidanese varieties

(p.317) 9 Sardinian intonational phonology: Logudorese and Campidanese varieties
Intonation in Romance

Maria del Mar Vanrell

Francesc Ballone

Carlo Schirru

Pilar Prieto

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the intonation and phrasing patterns that characterize the Logudorese and Campidanese varieties of Sardinian, and examines how intonation interacts with the lexicosyntactic structure to convey specific pragmatic meanings. Using the Discourse Completion Task methodology, data were collected in the Sardinian locales of Ìttiri, Òschiri, Lodè, Biddecrèsia, and Sìnnia. The analysis revealed the existence of a mid tone (!H-) to mark non-finality or continuation, the absence of rising patterns in yes-no questions, and the abundance of initial prominences. On the basis of the results presented in the chapter, it is claimed that although intonation seems not to be a strong cue to distinguish between the two macro-varieties of Sardinian, dialectal differences are found in the use of lexicosyntactic markers that introduce yes-no questions and in the application of truncation in vocatives.

Keywords:   Sardinian, Logudorese, Campidanese, extra high tone, initial prominence, truncation process, fronting, intonational phonology

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