Article published in:Prosody and Iconicity
Edited by Sylvie Hancil and Daniel Hirst
[Iconicity in Language and Literature 13] 2013
► pp. 181–192
Iconicity of melodic contours in French
This paper explores some iconic properties of melodic contours in French as vocal gestures possibly similar to other kinds of body gesture or to gestures in general. The melodic contours considered specifically are correlative to the conclusive sentence modality, the continuation majeure and the postfix or theme in a rheme-theme division of the sentence.
Published online: 28 March 2013