1. Text-tune Alignment in Tunisian Arabic Yes-No Questions
Univ of York
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).