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Title: Perception of Castilian Spanish Intonation
Subtitle: Implications for Intonational Phonology
Written By: TimothyLFace
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Phonetics 07

"Perception of Castilian Spanish Intonation: Implications for Intonational
Phonology" presents four perception experiments on the intonation of
Castilian Spanish, two dealing with the declarative vs. absolute
interrogative distinction and two dealing with the broad focus vs. narrow
focus distinction in declaratives. These experiments provide insight into
the intonational system of Castilian Spanish that goes beyond what is
possible through studies of speech production. For both distinctions
investigated, the aim of the experiments is to determine which of the
multiple intonational cues lead listeners to perceive sentence type or
focus type. The experimental results not only lead to a better
understanding of how intonation communicates sentence type and focus type
in Castilian Spanish, but also have implications for the phonological
analysis of Castilian Spanish intonation as well as for the
Autosegmental-Metrical theory of intonational phonology. With respect to
the analysis of Castilian Spanish intonation, the experimental results
present a challenge to the common analysis that F0 rises that begin near
the onset of the stressed syllable, but which differ based on the alignment
of the F0 peak, result from two phonologically distinct pitch accents.

With respect to the Autosegmental-Metrical theory of intonational
phonology, the results present a challenge to its limited ability to
account for linguistically meaningful distinctions in pitch scaling beyond
the High vs. Low tone distinction and also for the often assumed
compositional approach to intonational meaning. For each of these
challenges, a new proposal is offered to more adequately account for the data.

Timothy L. Face is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the
University of Minnesota. His research focuses on phonetics and experimental
phonology, and especially on Spanish prosody. He has published extensively
on Castilian Spanish intonation, including two previous books, Intonational
Marking of Contrastive Focus in Madrid Spanish (2002) and The Intonation of
Castilian Spanish Declaratives and Absolute Interrogatives (2008). In
addition, he is author of Guide to the Phonetic Symbols of Spanish (2008),
editor of Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology (2004) and founding
editor of the journal Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862880461
Pages: 114
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