In this chapter we examine the intonation of a number of varieties of Italian (those spoken in Naples, Bari, Palermo and Florence) with the goal of establishing a common framework for annotating the prosodic phenomena that have been studied so far. In particular, we describe the pitch accent inventory for each variety, showing a number of common traits, such as the use of a specific nuclear pitch accent type used to mark contrastive narrow focus as opposed to broad focus in declaratives. We also discuss the evidence for two levels of phrasing and provide a non-positional definition for the nuclear pitch accent, which is marked with a special flag since it can be followed by further pitch accents and phrase accents. Finally, we discuss the issues of downstep and the partial realisation, or truncation, of phrase-final pitch contours.

Strategies for intonation labelling across varieties of Italian

SAVINO, Michelina;
2005

Abstract

In this chapter we examine the intonation of a number of varieties of Italian (those spoken in Naples, Bari, Palermo and Florence) with the goal of establishing a common framework for annotating the prosodic phenomena that have been studied so far. In particular, we describe the pitch accent inventory for each variety, showing a number of common traits, such as the use of a specific nuclear pitch accent type used to mark contrastive narrow focus as opposed to broad focus in declaratives. We also discuss the evidence for two levels of phrasing and provide a non-positional definition for the nuclear pitch accent, which is marked with a special flag since it can be followed by further pitch accents and phrase accents. Finally, we discuss the issues of downstep and the partial realisation, or truncation, of phrase-final pitch contours.
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