Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


Prosody of Sentences with Contrastive New Information in Spanish

Carme de la Mota Gorriz

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Department of Spanish Philology, Barcelona, Spain

Contrastive new information can be highlighted in some languages by means of prosody. The aim of this paper is to study the properties of sentences with this kind of informative salience in Spanish. The results obtained show that the prosodic manifestation of phonological significance associated with the new input highlighted by contrast implies a variation of the basic stress pattern, which includes the inhibition of the regular dissociation between F0 peak and stress.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mota Gorriz, Carme de la (1997): "Prosody of sentences with contrastive new information in Spanish", In INT-1997, 75-78.