Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


Stress and Katathesis Within Spontaneous Oral Greek Narration

Theophilos Tramboulis

Université de Paris III, Departement de Sciences du Langage, Paris, France

The maximum rise in Greek natural discourse may be attained either at the stressed syllable of a lexical item or at the immediately following one. The asymmetrical distribution of stress corresponds to different discursive roles performed by intonation pitch rises within the utterance. If the rise is located on the next-to-stress syllable, intonation is functioning mainly as a segmentation procedure and indicates boundaries of discursive units such as topics, modals or even utterances. If the rise is located on the stressed syllable, intonation is functioning as a selection procedure, setting in salience the prominent word, the stress syllable being the phonological "emblem" of the lexical unit. Nevertheless, both functions must be attributed to a fundamental value of f0, i.e. respectively negotiating discursive representations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tramboulis, Theophilos (1997): "Stress and katathesis within spontaneous oral greek narration", In INT-1997, 305-308.