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Prosodic TypologyThe Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing$
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Sun-Ah Jun

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249633.001.0001

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Strategies for Intonation Labelling across Varieties of Italian

Strategies for Intonation Labelling across Varieties of Italian

(p.362) 13 Strategies for Intonation Labelling across Varieties of Italian*
Prosodic Typology

Martine Grice

Mariapaola D’Imperio

Michelina Savino

Cinzia Avesani

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the intonation of a number of varieties of Italian (those spoken in Naples, Bari, Palermo, and Florence) with the goal of establishing a common framework for annotating the prosodic phenomena that have been studied so far. In particular, it describes the pitch accent inventory for each variety, showing a number of common traits, such as the use of a specific nuclear pitch accent type used to mark contrastive narrow focus as opposed to broad focus in declaratives. It also discusses the evidence for two levels of phrasing and provides a non-positional definition for the nuclear pitch accent, which is marked with a special flag since it can be followed by further pitch accents and phrase accents. Finally, it discusses the issues of downstep and the partial realization, or truncation, of phrase-final pitch contours.

Keywords:   postnuclear accent, phrase accent, narrow focus, contrastive focus, Italian intonation, downstep, truncation, question intonation, prosodic annotation, tonal alignment

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