Prosodic Features and Prosodic Structure: The Phonology of 'Suprasegmentals'

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OUP Oxford, Apr 18, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 414 pages
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Prosodic Features and Prosodic Structure presents an overall view of the nature of prosodic features of language - accent, stress, rhythm, tone, pitch, and intonation - and shows how these connect to sound systems and meaning. It is a work of great scholarship and learning, expressed in way that will be accessible to all linguists from advanced undergraduates to postdoctoral researchers. The last substantial overview was published over 20 years ago. Since then the subject has been transformed by linked advances in phonological and phonetic theory and accoustic technology. This book will interest phonologists, phoneticians, and researchers in related applied fields such as speech pathology and speech synthesis.

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1 Introduction
2 Length
3 Accent
4 Tone
5 Intonation
6 Prosodic Structure
General Index
Index of Languages

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Page 4 - Fry (1968), prosodic features can only be identified according to their linguistic role; thus, 'only those distinctions which have linguistic relevance are classed as prosodic features in a particular language'.5 Crystal (1969: 5) claims that 'we may define prosodic systems as sets of mutually defining phonological features which have an essentially variable relationship to the words selected, as opposed to those features . . . which have a direct and identifying relationship to such words...

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Dr Anthony Fox is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Leeds.

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