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Prosodic TypologyThe Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing$
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Sun-Ah Jun

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249633.001.0001

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Prosodic Typology

Prosodic Typology

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Prosodic Typology

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This chapter proposes a model of prosodic typology based on categories of intonation and phrasing, analyzed in the framework of autosegmental-metrical (AM) phonology of intonation. To do this, it examines the ToBI systems and intonational structures of twenty-one languages described in the AM model: thirteen languages in the book and eight languages published elsewhere. The prosodic similarities and differences across these languages are captured by two prosodic categories — prominence and rhythmic/prosodic unit — with each category being further divided into lexical and postlexical levels. It shows that the traditional typology based on the realization of suprasegmental features such as tone, stress, and pitch accent is not ideal for studying prosodic typology. The chapter further discusses the flexibility and extensions of ToBI system.

Keywords:   prosodic typology, ToBI, prominence, rhythmic unit, prosodic unit, head prominence, edge prominence, flexibility of ToBI, extensions of ToBI

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