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Query Subject:   Sentence intonation from a typological perspective
Author:   Moreno Vuleta
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Typology

Query:   Dear Linguist list,

I am interested in delving into a specific research topic - rising intonation in interrogative questions - a cross-linguistic perspective. I am curious to establish whether this feature is common to all living languages of today (if it indeed is) due to interaction between language and emotions, or due to this being a common typological unit - a typeme. If it is the latter case, I want to make an effort in clarifying how it came to be - interaction with genetic linguistics and language genesis most possible here.

As far as I know, there has been a single work in linguistics to tackle this topic - ''Tone'' (2006) by Yip Moira from Cambridge University Press.

I would like to ask some expert advice and latest insight on this topic, if there have been other researches conducted on this matter up to now.

In addition, I would like to know whether a certain team of linguists or an institute of linguistics anywhere in the world is already running a major project on this research matter.
Cheers,

MV
LL Issue: 25.3356
Date posted: 24-Aug-2014



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