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Book: Systemic Phonology

Chapter: Chapter 3: Intonation: Signal of information peaks

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24965


In this chapter the onset pitch of the initial tone unit in each clause of a news commentary will be examined to check whether it is also used by the newsreader to indicate a change of topic. The news commentary under discussion in this chapter, ‘China’s economic boom’, was downloaded from the website of BBC World Service at newsenglish/witn/archive_2005.shtml. The news commentary was published at 12:45 GMT on 18 February 2005.

Chapter Contributors

  • Shan Zhu ( - szhu) 'Sun Yat-sen University'