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Academic Paper

Title: The Intonation of Information-Seeking and Rhetorical Questions in Icelandic
Author: Nicole Dehé
Author: Bettina Braun
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Icelandic
Abstract: We investigate the intonation of information-seeking and rhetorical questions in Icelandic. The results for the information-seeking questions largely confirm observations in previous literature based mostly on introspective data: Polar questions are mostly realized with late rise nuclear accents where the peak aligns after a stressed syllable (L*+H), wh-questions with peak accents (H*); wh-questions often start high (%H, H*). Illocution types (that is, information-seeking versus rhetorical questions) differ in nuclear pitch accent types and in the type and frequency of prenuclear accents. The default boundary tone is low (L%) across question types and illocution types. The results are discussed against the background of previous findings with respect to the relationship between question and illocution type, and prosody.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 32, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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