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Thu Sep 15 2011

Diss: Phonetics/Persian: Ardali: 'The Intonation of Focus in ...'

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        1.     Mortaza Taheri Ardali , The Intonation of Focus in Declarative Sentences in Persian

Message 1: The Intonation of Focus in Declarative Sentences in Persian
Date: 29-Aug-2011
From: Mortaza Taheri Ardali <ncmit1957yahoo.com>
Subject: The Intonation of Focus in Declarative Sentences in Persian
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Institution: Allameh Tabataba?i University
Program: Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Mortaza Taheri Ardali

Dissertation Title: The Intonation of Focus in Declarative Sentences in Persian

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Subject Language(s): Persian, Iranian (pes)

Dissertation Director(s):
Golnaz Modarresi Ghavami
Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam

Dissertation Abstract:

Adopting Autosegmental-Metrical phonology, the present thesis is an attempt
to investigate the intonation of focus in declarative sentences in Persian.This
research which analyzes the effect of focus on pre-fabricated constructions has
two phonetic and phonological dimensions. From a phonetic perspective, the
effects of focus on duration and F0 of simple declarative sentences reveal that
the mean duration and F0 of focal elements are higher than their non-focused
counterparts. The comparison of mean duration and F0 of pre-focus and post-focus
elements with their neutral counterparts was not significant. Regarding
phonological viewpoint, results show that focused elements follow the tonal
pattern of (L+)^H*. Focal elements form a separate accentual phrase with the
boundary tone of 'l' which spreads up to the end of post-focal elements. Tonal
pattern of ^H* matches the words with initial stress and the pattern of L+^H*
belongs to the words with final stress.

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