14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Within an autosegmental framework, I will argue that it is
necessary to distinguish two types of strongly melodic
The first concerns the organisation of tones within a single T.G. (intra-contour patterning) typical of the chant or the melodic cliche frequently discussed in the literature
The second concerns the rhythmic organisation of contours between themselves possibly across T.G.s(inter-contour patterning) for which the term Sing-songy, or Swinging realisation, would seem more appropriate.
After comparing the stress-aligned pattern of an English professional chant with the syllable alignment of similar patterns described for French, I will contrast the form and function of Sing-songy variants in English and French. In particular I will examine the contour used by two French children transferred from the il etait une fois scene-setting stereo-type, which they developed to set the premise in their own let's pretend games.
Bibliographic reference. Hind, Anthony (1999): "Regularity, melodicity, and stereotyping, in French and English intonation systems", In ICPhS-14, 1293-1296.