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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 J_ToBi Model of Japanese Intonation

The J_ToBi Model of Japanese Intonation

(p.172) 7 The J_ToBi Model of Japanese Intonation
Prosodic Typology

Jennifer J. Venditti

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the prosodic structure of Japanese, and the transcription of intonational patterns using the Japanese ToBI (J-ToBI) system. It discusses the role of pitch accent in Japanese, as well as the levels of phrasing present in the prosodic hierarchy. This structure is compared and contrasted with the intonation systems of other languages that also have been described using the ToBI framework. It provides details of the labels used in a Japanese ToBI transcription, along with a discussion of the motivation for, and issues concerning, many of these labels. It then highlights the differences between J-ToBI and the well-known Beckman–Pierrehumbert model. Finally, it describes efforts toward the automatization of J-ToBI labelling, and summarizes results of labeller agreement studies.

Keywords:   Japanese, ToBI, J-ToBI, intonation, prosody, autosegmental phonology, phonetics, accentual phrase, intonation phrase, pitch accent

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