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The phonology of tone and intonation.


The phonology of tone and intonation.

Gussenhoven, Carlos.

Cambridge U. Pr.


355 pages



Research surveys in linguistics


Gussenhoven (phonology, U. of Nijmegen, The Netherlands) offers advanced students and researchers a current overview of research into tone and intonation. Coverage includes an overview of basic typological categories including tone, stress, intonation, and accent; the distinction between phonological representation and phonetic realization; the paralinguistic meanings of pitch variation; downtrends; developments from the Pierrehumbert-Beckman model; tone and intonation in Optimality Theory; and detailed phonological descriptions of the tonal and intonational systems of several languages--Basque, Japanese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, and English. Accompanying sound files are available on the author's website.

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