EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Non-Finality and Pre-Finality in Bari Italian Intonation: a Preliminary Account

Michelina Savino

Politecnico di Bari, Italy

In this paper, a preliminary account of intonational strategies used by Bari Italian speakers in signal non-finality and pre-finality in discourse organisation is presented and discussed. Results obtained from auditory and instrumental analysis of speech material elicited with different methods (Map Task dialogues and monologues, lists readings) show that a rich inventory of intonational choices is available to Bari Italian speakers for conveying subordination relationships within a sequence of information (in a route describing task, this is normally a sequence of instructions and/or explanations), but also for signalling in advance the end of the sequence. Moreover, these results represent a further contribution to the development of an autosegmental-metrical account of the Bari Italian intonation system.

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Bibliographic reference.  Savino, Michelina (2001): "Non-finality and pre-finality in bari Italian intonation: a preliminary account", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 943-946.