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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Intonation of instruct and explain in Neapolitan Italian

Rosa Giordano (1), Renata Savy (2)

(1) University of Perugia, Italy
(2) University of Salerno, Italy

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Giordano, Rosa / Savy, Renata (2003): "The intonation of instruct and explain in Neapolitan Italian", In ICPhS-15, 603-606.