LINGUIST List 29.3838

Thu Oct 04 2018

Books: Intonation and Prosodic Structure: Féry

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Date: 04-Oct-2018
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Subject: Intonation and Prosodic Structure: Féry
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Title: Intonation and Prosodic Structure
Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Caroline Féry
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107400382 Pages: 386 Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107400382 Pages: 386 Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107400382 Pages: 386 Price: Europe EURO 30.33

Editor’s Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced book.

This book provides a state-of-the-art survey of intonation and prosodic structure. Taking a phonological perspective, it shows how morpho-syntactic constituents are mapped to prosodic constituents according to well-formedness conditions. Using a tone-sequence model of intonation, it explores individual tones and how they combine, and discusses how information structure affects intonation in several ways, showing tones and melodies to be 'meaningful' in that they add a pragmatic component to what is being said. The author also shows how, despite a superficial similarity, languages differ in how their tonal patterns arise from tone concatenation. Lexical tones, stress, phrase tones, and boundary tones are assigned differently in different languages, resulting in great variation in intonational grammar, both at the lexical and sentential level. The last chapter is dedicated to experimental studies of how we process prosody. The book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers in linguistics, and particularly in phonological theory.

1. Introduction; 2. Phonetic correlates of intonation; 3. Lower-level prosodic constituents; 4. Intonation and syntax: the higher-level prosodic constituents; 5. Models of intonation; 6. Intonation and meaning; 7. Tone and stress at the word level; 8. Sentence intonation in a typological comparison; 9. The processing of intonation; 10. Summary and conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Written In: English (eng)

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