Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

Phonological Representation of Connective Words - A ToBI Study in Gouyu and Taiwan Min

Wen-chi Shen

Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

This paper aims at analyzing phonological representation of connective words frequently used in Gouyu and Taiwan Min1. Based on 180-mintue spontaneous speech in Gouyu and Taiwan Min, it is found that speakers tend to use connective words quite often to link phrases or sentences either consciously or unconsciously. Thus, following the labeling of the ToBI system, this study will focuses on phonological representation of these connectives in terms of syntactic or pragmatic behaviors of the clauses. In addition, I would like to see if there is any innovative proposal for labeling in M-ToBI and Taiwan Min ToBI since both systems are still at initial stages.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shen, Wen-chi (2008): "Phonological representation of connective words - a toBI study in Gouyu and Taiwan Min", In SP-2008, 473-476.