14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
In recent years, the intonation of spoken Italian has been
studied not only with reference to Standard Italian, but also
to some regional varieties. This paper concerns the analysis
of question intonation in the variety of Italian spoken in
Siena (Tuscany). In particular, wh-questions and yes-no
questions are investigated. The analysis is based on a corpus
of spontaneous speech and read dialogues produced by three
young speakers. The intonation patterns of questions are
analyzed according to the autosegmental theory.
In Sienese speech, interrogative intonation exhibits pitch accents and boundary tones which are different from other varieties of Italian. On the other hand, Sienese wh-questions and yes-no questions differ one another in their prosodic patterns.
Bibliographic reference. Marotta, Giovanna / Sorianello, Patrizia (1999): "Question intonation in Sienese Italian", In ICPhS-14, 1161-1164.