Intonational Phrasing in Romance and Germanic

Cross-linguistic and bilingual studies

Christoph Gabriel | University of Hamburg
Conxita Lleó | University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027219305 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
ISBN 9789027287380 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
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Languages differ regarding both the ways they group words into phrases and the surface cues they use to indicate relevant phrasing patterns. Modeling intonation in as many languages as possible has become a central goal of theoretical and empirical linguistics. However, intonational research has only recently begun to devote attention to the analysis of spontaneous speech, one of the central issues of this book. The volume contains eight contributions by international scholars, some of them members of the Research Center on “Multilingualism” (Hamburg, Germany), all of them experts on intonation and most also on multilingualism. A central goal of the present volume is to expand the cross-linguistic and multilingual perspective of phrasing, focusing thereby on languages from the Romance and Germanic families, among them Catalan, French, German, Italian, Occitan, and Spanish. Within Spanish, special attention is given to several Argentinean varieties, and within Italian, the Neapolitan variety is compared with the standard one.
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism, 10] 2011.  viii, 237 pp.
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“This book addresses intonational phrasing from a multilingual perspective. It is especially relevant, and novel, the discussion of phrasing in language contact and cross-dialectal situations, and bilingualism, dealing both with the ways in which phrasing is realized and their implications for prosodic theory. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of the organization of speech chunks at the crossroads of multilingual modern society.”
“This collection is a welcome addition to the literature on the prosodic phonology of Romance and Germanic languages. It will prove to be particularly valuable to those interested in the intonational phrasing of spontaneous and semi-spontaneous speech.”
Intonational Phrasing in Romance and Germanic is an excellent book which groups together a good number of high-quality articles that analyze prosodic phrasing in languages that belong to the Romance and Germanic families. It adds important cross-linguistic and language-contact perspectives to a topic that is central in prosodic analysis. Throughout the book, the reader will especially enjoy the fruitful interface between the disciplines of prosody and syntax.”
“How do speakers group words into larger units in speech? To what extent does prosodic phrasing depend on syntactic structure, rhythm or other factors? Do we find differences in phrasing across languages, even among closely related languages? To the extent that phrasing is different in different languages, what are the consequences of language contact and bilingualism? This timely collection of papers provides insights into these and related questions by examining phrasing in a number of Romance languages in monolingual contexts as well as in contact with one another and with German. This volume is a significant contribution to the study of prosody.”
“This book is a highly welcome contribution to prosody research, enhancing our understanding of intonational phrasing by in-depth analyses within and across languages and dialects of the Romance and Germanic families.”
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