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Prosodic Variation (with)in Languages

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This volume focuses on research on prosodic variation, comprising intonation, prosodic phrasing, and segmental phenomena that are prosodically motivated or constrained, in several languages and language varieties. Besides Portuguese (European, Brazilian, and African varieties), the book covers another three unrelated languages and their varieties: Romanian, Arabic, and Assamese (spoken in India and Bangladesh). Language coverage is thus diverse, including understudied languages/varieties. The approaches followed are both experimental and theoretical. All the chapters share a common goal: to add to the knowledge of prosodic variation in each of the languages and varieties studied, and to contribute to the understanding of prosodic grammar, in general.

Published: Apr 22, 2022

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Section Chapter Authors
Front Matter
List of Figures Marisa Cruz, Sónia Frota
List of Tables Marisa Cruz, Sónia Frota
Introduction Marisa Cruz, Sónia Frota
Part I: Intonation
1. Text-tune Alignment in Tunisian Arabic Yes-No Questions Sam Hellmuth
2. Asking Questions across Portuguese Varieties Marisa Cruz, Verònica Crespo-Sendra, Joelma Castelo, Sónia Frota
3. High Pre-tonic Falls in Northeastern Brazilian Varieties: May a Prenuclear High Target Spreading Rightward Re-categorize as a Nuclear Leading Tone? Marco Barone, Joelma Castelo
4. From ToBI Phonological Events to Functional Melodic Forms at the Communicative Level Doina Jitca
Part II: Prosodic Phrasing and Segments
5. Prosody of Contrastive Focus in Two Varieties of Assamese Asim Twaha, Shakuntala Mahanta
6. Intonational Phrasing and Nuclear Configurations of SVO Sentences across Varieties of Portuguese Flaviane Fernandes-Svartman, Nádia Barros, Vinícius dos Santos, Joelma Castelo
7. Hiatus Resolution across words in European Portuguese Dialects Nuno Paulino, Pedro Oliveira, Marina Vigário
End Matter
Index Marisa Cruz, Sónia Frota