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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.

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

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