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The Phonology of Tone and Intonation

Part of Research Surveys in Linguistics

  • Date Published: July 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511207396
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  • Tone and Intonation are two types of pitch variation, which are used by speakers of all languages in order to give shape to utterances. More specifically, tone encodes segments and morphemes, and intonation gives utterances a further discoursal meaning that is independent of the meanings of the words themselves. In this comprehensive survey, Carlos Gussenhoven provides an overview of research into tone and intonation, discussing why speakers vary their pitch, what pitch variations mean, and how they are integrated into our grammars. He also explains why intonation in part appears to be universally understood, while at other times it is language-specific and can lead to misunderstandings. After eight chapters on general topics relating to pitch modulation, the book's central arguments are illustrated with comprehensive phonological descriptions - partly in Optimality Theory - of the tonal and intonational systems of six languages, including Japanese, Dutch, and English.

    • 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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    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511207396
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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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