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LINGUIST List 19.499

Tue Feb 12 2008

Diss: Phonetics/Phonology: Sadat-Tehrani: 'The Intonational Grammar...'

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Message 1: The Intonational Grammar of Persian
Date: 11-Feb-2008
From: Nima Sadat-Tehrani <nisateyahoo.com>
Subject: The Intonational Grammar of Persian
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Institution: University of Manitoba
Program: Linguistics Department
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Nima Sadat-Tehrani

Dissertation Title: The Intonational Grammar of Persian

Dissertation URL: http://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/dspace/handle/1993/2839

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): Farsi, Western (pes)

Dissertation Director:
Kevin Russell
Gorka Elordietta
Robert Hagiwara
Jila Ghomeshi

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis is a detailed investigation of the phonology and phonetics of
the intonation of Persian carried out in the framework of the AM theory of
intonational phonology. Based on 2112 utterances read by a total of 8
native speakers, the work, on the one hand, presents a phonological account
of the prosodic structure of this language, a structure that consists of
the level Accentual Phrase with the pitch accent (L+)H* immediately
dominated by the level Intonational Phrase, each level being marked by a
low or high boundary tone. On the other hand, it scrutinizes the phonetic
implementation of tones with regard to segments and shows how the phonology
of Persian intonation is phonetically realized in the speech string. This
research also studies the intonational patterns of simplex sentences,
compound sentences coordinated with different types of conjunctions,
subordinate structures, and vocative constructions. The sentence types
include copular verb declaratives, sentences with unaccusative and
unergative verbs, (S)(O)V sentences with and without adjuncts, null subject
sentences, scrambled sentences, yes/no questions, leading yes/no questions,
alternative questions, tag questions, single and multiple WH-questions,
echo questions, imperatives, and single, double, and phrase focus
constructions.





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