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Dissertation Information

Title: The Intonation of Focus in Declarative Sentences in Persian Add Dissertation
Author: Mortaza Ardali Update Dissertation
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Institution: Allameh Tabataba’i University, Linguistics
Completed in: 2010
Linguistic Subfield(s): Phonetics;
Subject Language(s): Persian, Iranian
Director(s): Golnaz Ghavami
Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam

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.