The Phonology of Tone and Intonation

By: Carlos Gussenhoven

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Tone and Intonation are two types of pitch variation, which are used by speakers of all languages in order to give shape to utterances. More specifically, tone encodes segments and morphemes, and intonation gives utterances a further discoursal meaning that is independent of the meanings of the words themselves. In this comprehensive survey, Carlos Gussenhoven provides an up-to-date overview of research into tone and intonation, discussing why speakers vary their pitch, what pitch variations mean, and how they are integrated into our grammars. He also explains why intonation in part appears to be universally understood, while at other times it is language-specific and can lead to misunderstandings. After eight chapters on general topics relating to pitch modulation, the book’s central arguments are illustrated with comprehensive phonological descriptions - partly in Optimality Theory - of the tonal and intonational systems of six languages, including Japanese, Dutch, and English. • Includes comprehensive and detailed analyses of the tonal and intonational systems of six languages • Presents an overview of the development of phonological theory since 1988, including Optimality Theoretic treatments • Presents a phsysiologically based theory of universal (paralinguistic) meaning of pitch variation Contents 1. Pitch in humans and machines; 2. Pitch in language I: stress and intonation; 3. Pitch in language II: tone; 4. Intonation and language; 5. Paralinguistics: three biological codes; 6. Downtrends; 7. Tonal structures; 8. Intonation in optimality theory; 9. Northern Biskaian Basque; 10. Tokyo Japanese; 11. Scandinavian; 12. The central Franconian tone; 13. French; 14. English I: phrasing and accent distribution; 15. English II: tonal structure. Printed Pages: 380.

Title: The Phonology of Tone and Intonation

Author Name: Carlos Gussenhoven

Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2004

ISBN: 0521012007

ISBN 13: 9780521012003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 012773

Keywords: Tone Intonation