1. Text-tune Alignment in Tunisian Arabic Yes-No Questions

Prosodic Variation (with)in Languages - Intonation, Phrasing and Segments - Marisa Cruz

Sam Hellmuth
Univ of York

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Despite claims of linguistic universals involving high pitch (Bolinger 1978), the prosodic realisation of interrogatives varies cross-linguistically (Rialland 2007). This paper contributes to the task of establishing the extent of cross-linguistic variation in the prosodic realisation of questions, by presenting the results of prosodic analysis of read speech interrogatives in a range of syntactically related spoken Arabic dialects. We then offer a case study of the presence vs. absence of focus marking of wh-words in different Arabic dialects, in the context of theoretical debate regarding the prosodic spell out of semantic and/or syntactic features in interrogative contexts (Truckenbrodt 2013).

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Hellmuth, Sam. 1. Text-tune Alignment in Tunisian Arabic Yes-No Questions. Prosodic Variation (with)in Languages - Intonation, Phrasing and Segments. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781794685. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30065. Date accessed: 21 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30065. Feb 2021

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