International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
With Emphasis on Tone Languages

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Lexical and Non-lexical Tone and Prosodic Typology

Daniel Hirst

CNRS UMR 6057 Parole et Langage, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

Prosodic typology has generally concentrated on those aspects of prosodic representation which are assumed to be represented in the lexicon. It is argued here that non-lexical representation at various levels, underlying phonological, surface phonological and phonetic, can also constitute a basis for prosodic typology. An example is given of a low-level comparison of English and French pitch patterns. A prosodic model integrating these different levels is presented which, it argued can provide a useful tool for the investigation of prosodic typology and for a more robust basis for establishing the more abstract levels including those of lexical representations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hirst, Daniel (2004): "Lexical and non-lexical tone and prosodic typology", In TAL-2004, 81-88.