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Dissertation Information

Title: The Intonational Grammar of Persian Add Dissertation
Author: Nima Sadat-Tehrani Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Manitoba, Linguistics Department
Completed in: 2008
Linguistic Subfield(s): Phonetics; Phonology;
Subject Language(s): Persian, Iranian
Director(s): Jila Ghomeshi
Kevin Russell
Gorka Elordieta
Robert Hagiwara

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