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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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German Intonation in Autosegmental-Metrical Phonology

German Intonation in Autosegmental-Metrical Phonology

(p.55) 3 German Intonation in Autosegmental-Metrical Phonology*
Prosodic Typology

Martine Grice

Stefan Baumann

Ralf Benzmüller

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes a consensus system for the annotation of Standard German intonation within the framework of autosegmental-metrical phonology: GToBI. First, it provides a survey of existing studies of German intonation, including traditional auditory approaches as well as more recent phonological studies and instrumental analyses. It then gives a detailed exposition of GToBI, showing how the intonation contours considered to be distinctive in the surveyed works can be captured, and compares GToBI to three earlier autosegmental-metrical approaches to German intonation. Finally, it discusses a number of theoretical issues, such as whether pitch accents need to be represented with leading tones or not, how many levels of phrasing are required, and the status and distribution of phrase accents.

Keywords:   intonation, German intonation, autosegmental-metrical phonology, pitch accent, phrase accent, leading tone, early peak, GToBI, ToBI, prosody

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