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Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian

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ISBN: 9783944675015 Year: Pages: 187 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_533874 Language: English
Publisher: Language Science Press
Subject: Linguistics --- Arts in general
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Recent findings on phonetic detail have been taken as supporting exemplar-based approaches to prosody. Through four experiments on both produc tion and perception of both melodic and temporal detail in Neapolitan Italian, we show that prosodic detail is not incompatible with abstractionist approaches either. Specifically, we suggest that the exploration of prosodic detail leads to a refined understanding of the relationships between the richly specified and continuously varying phonetic information on one side, and coarse phonologically structured contrasts on the other, thus of fering insights on how pragmatic information is conveyed by prosody.

Linguistic variation, identity construction and cognition

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Book Series: Studies in Laboratory Phonology ISBN: 9783946234241 9783946234258 9783944675565 Year: Pages: 244 + xi DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_603352 Language: English
Publisher: Language Science Press
Subject: Linguistics
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Speakers use a variety of different linguistic resources in the construction of their identities, and they are able to do so because their mental representations of linguistic and social information are linked. While the exact nature of these representations remains unclear, there is growing evidence that they encode a great deal more phonetic detail than traditionally assumed and that the phonetic detail is linked with word-based information. This book investigates the ways in which a lemma’s phonetic realisation depends on a combination of its grammatical function and the speaker’s social group. This question is investigated within the context of the word like as it is produced and perceived by students at an all girls’ high school in New Zealand. The results are used to inform an exemplar-based model of speech production and perception in which the quality and frequency of linguistic and non-linguistic variants contribute to a speaker’s style.

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