ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Continuation Tunes in two Central Varieties of Italian: Phonetic Patterns and Phonological Issues

Rosa Giordano

Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, University of Salerno, Italy

This paper presents the phonetic analysis of the intonational patterns conveying the pragmatic contents of continuation and/or marking syntactic relations in Rome and Perugia Italian: data show the type and the distribution of accents and boundaries occurring in spontaneous task-oriented dialogues. Results imply considerations about issues concerning systemic, phonotactic and realizational aspects of the intonational system of Italian: the co-presence of accents and boundaries marking continuation contents; their distribution in the intonation group; the phonetic features correlated, in Italian, to phonological contrast and to phonetic variation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Giordano, Rosa (2008): "Continuation tunes in two central varieties of Italian: phonetic patterns and phonological issues", In ExLing-2008, 97-100.