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F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions

Hellmuth, Sam, Almbark, Rana, Chlaihani, Basma and Louriz, Nabila (2015) F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions. In: Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. University of Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619414

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This paper contributes phonetic evidence to ongoing debate regarding the position of Moroccan Arabic in prosodic typology, with the aim of determining how phrase-edge tonal events should be represented in the intonational phonology of the language. A salient phrase-final rise-fall tonal event, found in MA polar questions, is used as a case study. We examined the alignment of the f0 peak of this tonal movement, relative to potential landmarks in prosodic structure, in a set of 112 polar questions extracted from a corpus of read and spontaneous speech collected in Casablanca. A comparison of f0 peak alignment in tokens containing an unstressable final CV syllable vs. a stressable final CVC syllable suggests that the rise-fall tonal event observed in MA polar questions is best understood as a pitch accent marking prominence at the phrasal level.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Rana Alhussein Almbark
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 08:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 17:13


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