Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

A Preliminary Analysis of Yes/No Questions in Glasgow English

Francisco Vizcaino Ortega

Department of Modern Philology, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

One of the three possible intonation patterns found in Glasgow English y/n questions end in mid pitch. An account of this contour with H% - relatively high pitch - though explanatorily adequate because of a semantic generalisation that groups most questions together, is descriptively inadequate because of the pitch height consistently reached, mid level, and not relatively high pitch. To achieve both explanatory and descriptive adequacy, I propose an analysis with downstep of the right boundary tone H, which would yield a unified account of these mid level endings. This proposal, then, means another possible phonetic implementation of H%.

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Bibliographic reference.  Vizcaino Ortega, Francisco (2002): "A preliminary analysis of yes/no questions in Glasgow English", In SP-2002, 683-686.