Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

Prosodic Phrasing and Intonation in Neutral and Subject-Narrow-Focus Sentences of Brazilian Portuguese

Luciani Ester Tenani (1), Flaviane Romani Fernandes-Svartman (2)

(1) Universidade Estadual Paulista; (2) Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

This work aims at discussing the relationship between prosodic phrasing and intonation structure associated with neutral and subject-narrow-focus sentences in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). The sentences were analyzed in terms of phonological phrases (fs) and tonal events. It is found when subject-narrow-focus occurs, the tonal events of neutral sentences can be affected. We argue that evidences of the syntactic structure can be determined by the relationship between the prosodic phrasing and intonation. Finally, we point out that ours results provide for a better understanding of the syntax-phonology interface in BP.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tenani, Luciani Ester / Fernandes-Svartman, Flaviane Romani (2008): "Prosodic phrasing and intonation in neutral and subject-narrow-focus sentences of brazilian portuguese", In SP-2008, 445-448.