Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: Intonational Phonology Series Number 79

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: Intonational Phonology Series Number 79

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Intonation is a subject of increasing importance in fields from syntax to speech recognition. D. Robert Ladd provides an exceptionally clear presentation of the key ideas of the influential autosegmental-metrical theory of intonational phonology associated with the work of Janet Pierrehumbert. He outlines the evidence for the theory's basic tenets and relates them to the ideas of competing approaches in a way that will allow sceptics to reach an informed opinion and he presents a wealth of new material on the cross-language comparison of intonation couched in autosegmental-metrical terms. He also draws attention to problems in Pierrehumbert's version of the autosegmental-metrical theory, and offers some theoretical proposals of his own. This book will appeal to phonologists and phoneticians as an original contribution to the debates it discusses, and will be welcomed by a wide range of students and researchers as an ideal overview of recent work.
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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 25mm | 638g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 Printed music items; 2 Tables, unspecified
  • 0521474981
  • 9780521474986

Table of contents

1. Introduction to intonational phonology; 2. Fundamental concepts of the autosegmental-metrical theory; 3. Phonological representation of pitch in the AM theory; 4. Cross-language comparison of intonation; 5. Patterns of prominence; 6. Prosodic structure; 7. Pitch range.
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"Intonational Phonology, written by one of the leading experts on linguistic intonation, provides the best overview in existence on the subject of intonation and will not be demoted from that position any time soon. Given that all languages employ intonation phenomena, this work should have broad appeal, and anyone with a serious interest in analyzing the intonation structures of a language will find it invaluable. It is not only well thought out, but also well written. Having said that, the prospective reader should bear in mind that the work is quite theoretical and definitely not bathtub reading. Nevertheless, Ladd's many years of experience bring to the volume a richness and depth that make the effort invested in reading it well worthwhile." Notes on Linguistics
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