The Phonology of Tone and Intonation by Carlos Gussenhoven

By Carlos Gussenhoven

Tone and Intonation are forms of pitch edition, that are utilized by audio system of all languages for you to supply form to utterances. extra in particular, tone encodes segments and morphemes, and intonation provides utterances one other discoursal that means that's self sufficient of the meanings of the phrases themselves. during this finished survey, Carlos Gussenhoven offers an updated evaluate of study into tone and intonation, discussing why audio system differ their pitch, what pitch adaptations suggest, and the way they're built-in into our grammars. He additionally explains why intonation partly seems to be universally understood, whereas at different occasions it really is language-specific and will bring about misunderstandings. After 8 chapters on normal themes in terms of pitch modulation, the book's relevant arguments are illustrated with entire phonological descriptions - in part in Optimality conception - of the tonal and intonational structures of six languages, together with eastern, Dutch, and English.

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The introduction of a further binary feature [±upper] increases the number of contrasts to be expressed to four, but no consensus exists on what is the best feature system (Hyman 2001b). The number of contrasts including contour tones may go up to eight, as in Iau (West Papua) or more (Bateman 1990). Sagart (1999) estimates the range for Chinese languages to be from three to ten, with tonal complexity increasing as one goes from northwest to southeast. Establishing the number of contrasts can be difficult, because in many cases there are segmental correlates, with some tones only appearing before glottal stops, for instance, or voice quality correlates, with some tones combining with breathy voice and others with creaky voice.

After the murder has taken place, it turns out that the reason why the agent had so fatally misheard the sentence was that the volume controls of the three original recordings had been set so as to blank out the stress on us and create one on kill. An adjustment of the volume of the three playback recorders could in fact bring back the intended interpretation. This film illustrates one of the most widespread misconceptions about the prosodic structure of English, one which was held within the field of linguistics itself well into the 1960s.

Quantity contrasts, occur in many languages. There are two possible implications. g. g. [a ]). In such languages, vowels in open stressed syllables will lengthen. 1). This dependence of length on stress will typically strengthen the alternating rhythm. The second implication holds that languages disallow bisegmental rhymes in unstressed syllables, an implication which may lead to a-rhythmic patterns. The term ‘heavy’ generalizes across long-vowelled open syllables and closed syllables. Seminole/Creek, an iambic language which parses a word like [(pom´o)(san´a)] ‘our otter’ into two regular iambs, will have an a-rhythmic pattern in [(t´a s)(h´o)(kit´a)] ‘to jump+dual’, because the first syllable, which contains a long vowel underlyingly, refuses to be unstressed, and thus cannot form an iamb with [ho] (Hayes 1995: 65).

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