Level is Also Significant: Pitch Level Choices

Phonology in Systemic Functional Linguistics - The Role of Intonation in the Analysis of Oral Discourse - Lucía Inés Rivas

Lucía Inés Rivas [+-]
National University of La Pampa, Argentina
Lucía Inés Rivas is Associate Professor of English Phonetics and Phonology in the Department of Foreign Languages, National University of La Pampa, Argentina.

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Within SFL and as already mentioned in Chapter 3, pitch level has been described in its textual role of organizing the structure of texts, signalling beginnings and endings of topics or ideas. But from a more macro perspective, the overall pitch span speakers adopt in their texts has sociolinguistic implications as regards projected identities such as gender and ethnicity, among others. Overall pitch span can also depend on different speaking situations or environments. In a micro analysis, moment-by-moment choices in pitch level can build different kinds of meanings, as ‘upjumps’ (or ‘downjumps’) in pitch can highlight expressions, and can project particular meanings at different points in the tone unit.

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Rivas, Lucía Inés . Level is Also Significant: Pitch Level Choices. Phonology in Systemic Functional Linguistics - The Role of Intonation in the Analysis of Oral Discourse. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781781799321. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38992. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38992. Nov 2021

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