15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Meaning of Intonational Structure

Mary E. Beckman

Ohio State University, USA

The two papers in this symposium describe the relationship between intonation and two other types of linguistic structure. Research results implicate syntagmatic contrasts at both levels. For example, intonational phrasing often marks major syntactic constituents and the alternation between expanded and reduced phrasal pitch range demarcates larger discourse segments. Developing comparably good methods for studying the meaning of paradigmatic contrasts in local tone choice is the next major challenge in understanding intonation and processing.

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Bibliographic reference.  Beckman, Mary E. (2003): "The meaning of intonational structure", In ICPhS-15, 93-94.