Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Prosodic Typology Revisited: Adding Macro-Rhythm

Sun-Ah Jun

Department of Linguistics, University of California Los Angeles, USA

This paper introduces a new model of prosodic typology by adding a parameter called macro-rhythm to the two known prosodic parameters: type of prominence marking (head, edge, or head/edge) and word prosody (stress, tone, or lexical pitch accent). Macro-rhythm is a tonal rhythm (a sequence of H/L alternation) formed within an Intonation Phrase. It captures similarities and differences across languages in terms of pitch contours whether the contour is composed of a head tone (pitch accent, lexical tone), an edge tone (phrasal/boundary tone), or both. Various criteria defining the degree of macrorhythm are suggested.

Index Terms: prosodic typology, macro-rhythm, headprominence, head/edge-prominence, edge-prominence

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Bibliographic reference.  Jun, Sun-Ah (2012): "Prosodic typology revisited: adding macro-rhythm", In SP-2012, 535-538.