15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
In this paper we present the prosodic analysis of instruct and explain moves in Neapolitan Italian. We selected data from map-task dialogues of the AVIP corpus, in order to evaluate the intonational differences between pragmatic classes; the moves have been analysed using the INTSINT model and the ToBI model. Our data show a sloping F0 contour both in explain and instruct; nuclear pitch accents are, instead, slightly different: instruct moves register the highest percentage of L* targets while explain register a similar percentage of HL* and L* targets. We propose that these pragmatic moves can be characterized considering the global trend of the Tone-Units and the combination of pitch accents in the Tone-Units which compose the move. Such an analysis reveals a typical tune H+L that can be aligned in several ways to the morphosyntactic pattern and to the syllable which receives the nuclear accent.
Bibliographic reference. Giordano, Rosa / Savy, Renata (2003): "The intonation of instruct and explain in Neapolitan Italian", In ICPhS-15, 603-606.