This chapter proposes a model of prosodic typology based on categories of intonation and phrasing, analyzed in the framework of autosegmental-metrical (AM) phonology of intonation. To do this, it examines the ToBI systems and intonational structures of twenty-one languages described in the AM model: thirteen languages in the book and eight languages published elsewhere. The prosodic similarities and differences across these languages are captured by two prosodic categories — prominence and rhythmic/prosodic unit — with each category being further divided into lexical and postlexical levels. It shows that the traditional typology based on the realization of suprasegmental features such as tone, stress, and pitch accent is not ideal for studying prosodic typology. The chapter further discusses the flexibility and extensions of ToBI system.
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