Speech Prosody 2002
In this paper, the authors investigate the role of intonation in
relation to syntax and information structure, through the study
of a versatile grammatical structure: the non-verbal predicate.
This structure can form a single utterance, but it can also
function as a clause, in cleft sentences for instance. F0
contours for those two types are different.
The prosodic study of focalization in cleft sentences is then confronted to that of topicalization, both structures presenting similar F0 patterns. Despite the obvious differences at the level of information structure, this similarity points to a common property of topicalization and focalization: both structures are departures from the unmarked Berber word order (VSO).
Note: The body of this paper is written in French.
Bibliographic reference. Louali, Naïma / Mettouchi, Amina (2002): "Structures intonatives en berb 8;re: l² 9;nonc 9; pr 9;dicatif ", In SP-2002, 463-466.