14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


A New Descriptive System for Russian Intonation

Sandro Kodzasov

Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russia

A new descriptive model for Russian sentence prosody was elaborated which is based on a radical combinatorial approach. It presupposes: 1) an enlarged number of prosodic layers: not only tone, duration and intensity, but also phonation (creaky/breathy and tense/lax voice) and articulation (vertical position of the larynx and horizontal position of the tongue body); 2) two modes of functioning for most features: local (as a property of an accented syllable) and integral (as a property of a syntactic constituent); 3) a vast range of combinatorial possibilities for both local and integral prosodies corresponding to possible combinations of prosodically relevant semantic features; 4) an analitical approach to surface prosodic forms searching for their underlying semantically motivated structure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kodzasov, Sandro (1999): "A new descriptive system for Russian intonation", In ICPhS-14, 913-916.