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The Phonology of Tone and Intonation

The Phonology of Tone and Intonation

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  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012003
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  • Using examples from a wide variety of languages, this book reveals why speakers vary their pitch, what these variations mean, and how they are integrated into our grammars. All languages use modulations in pitch to form utterances. Pitch modulation encodes lexical "tone" to signal boundaries between morphemes or words, and encodes "intonation" to give words and sentences an additional meaning that isn't part of their original sense.

    • Includes comprehensive and detailed analyses of the tonal and intonational systems of six languages
    • Presents an overview of the development of phonological theory since 1988, including Optimality Theoretic treatments
    • Presents a phsysiologically based theory of universal (paralinguistic) meaning of pitch variation
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    "Gussenhoven provides a well organized presentation of pitch accent, lexical tone and intonation in language in general..." --Functions of Language

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    12th Aug 2013 by Ngocthu

    a very good book to read

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    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012003
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.617kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Pitch in humans and machines
    2. Pitch in language I: stress and intonation
    3. Pitch in language II: tone
    4. Intonation and language
    5. Paralinguistics: three biological codes
    6. Downtrends
    7. Tonal structures
    8. Intonation in optimality theory
    9. Northern Biskaian Basque
    10. Tokyo Japanese
    11. Scandinavian
    12. The central Franconian tone
    13. French
    14. English I: phrasing and accent distribution
    15. English II: tonal structure.

  • Author

    Carlos Gussenhoven, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Carlos Gussenhoven is Professor and Chair of General and Experimental Phonology at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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