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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Intonation of Right-Dislocations in Catalan

Lluïsa Astruc Aguilera

University of Cambridge, UK

According to previous work in Catalan intonation, right-dislocated phrases are accented, though they tend to be extremely reduced and subordinated to the main phrase. They might be considered as extreme cases of tonal subordination, verging on deaccenting. This experiment tests the hypothesis that they are accented, by comparing the scaling of syllables under 3 different degrees of prosodic prominence (no stress, secondary stress and primary stress). If the scaling of the target syllable increases proportionally to its metrical weight, the conclusion would be that they have true pitch accents.
   The corpus consists of 324 phrases read by 6 speakers of Central Catalan. The results show no statistically significant differences between the 3 levels of stress, and therefore the conclusion is that right-dislocated elements are deaccented in Catalan.

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Bibliographic reference.  Aguilera, Lluïsa Astruc (2003): "Intonation of right-dislocations in Catalan", In ICPhS-15, 1265-1268.