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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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The Original ToBi System and the Evolution of the ToBi Framework

The Original ToBi System and the Evolution of the ToBi Framework

(p.9) 2 The Original ToBi System and the Evolution of the ToBi Framework
Prosodic Typology

Mary E. Beckman

Julia Hirschberg

Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of the original ToBI system. It reviews the design of the original ToBI system and its foundations in basic and applied research. It describes the inter-disciplinary community of users and uses for which the system was intended, and it outlines how the consensus model of American English intonation and inter-word juncture was achieved by finding points of useful intersection among the research interests and knowledge embodied in this community. It thus identifies the practical principles for designing prosodic annotation conventions that emerged in the course of developing, testing, and using this particular system. The chapter also describes how the original ToBI conventions have been evolved to be the general annotation conventions for several other English varieties and for a number of other languages.

Keywords:   ToBI, INTSINT, IViE, original ToBI system, extensions of ToBI, phonetic representation, phonological transcription, allophonic transcription

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