Strategies for Intonation Labelling across Varieties of Italian

Martine Grice, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Michelina Savino, Cinzia Avesani

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This chapter examines the intonation of a number of varieties of Italian (those spoken in Naples, Bari, Palermo, and Florence) with the goal of establishing a common framework for annotating the prosodic phenomena that have been studied so far. In particular, it describes the pitch accent inventory for each variety, showing a number of common traits, such as the use of a specific nuclear pitch accent type used to mark contrastive narrow focus as opposed to broad focus in declaratives. It also discusses the evidence for two levels of phrasing and provides a non-positional definition for the nuclear pitch accent, which is marked with a special flag since it can be followed by further pitch accents and phrase accents. Finally, it discusses the issues of downstep and the partial realization, or truncation, of phrasefinal pitch contours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProsodic Typology
Subtitle of host publicationThe Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191719349
ISBN (Print)9780199249633
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Contrastive focus
  • Downstep
  • Italian intonation
  • Narrow focus
  • Phrase accent
  • Postnuclear accent
  • Prosodic annotation
  • Question intonation
  • Tonal alignment
  • Truncation


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