Prosodic Detail in Neapolitan Italian
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Prosodic Detail in Neapolitan Italian

By Francesco Cangemi
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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.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
    • Intonation between exemplars and abstraction
    • Prosodic detail
      • Modelling perception of speech
        • Speech perception
        • Word recognition
        • Exemplar-based models
      • Phonetic detail
        • Context beyond phonemes in word recognition
        • Present exclusion from phonological representations
      • Prosodic detail
        • An alternative to phonology
        • A resource for phonology
    • Neapolitan Italian intonation
      • Neapolitan Italian
      • The Autosegmental-Metrical framework
      • Neapolitan Italian intonation
    • Structure of this book
      • Production and perception
      • Intonation and tempo
      • Sentence modality contrasts
  • Melodic detail in production
    • Introduction
      • Background
      • Hypotheses
      • Phonological analysis
        • Pragmatic contexts
        • Pitch accents
        • Edge tones and phrasing
    • Method
      • Corpus
      • Measures
      • Indices
    • Results
      • Alignment
      • Scaling
      • Shape
      • Summary of results
    • Discussion
      • Contour shape in other contrasts
        • Turn management and utterance final rises in German
        • Modality and prenuclear fall in Italian and German
      • Enriching inventories or grammars?
      • Segmental and suprasegmental phonology
        • Solidity of functional contrasts
        • Implicit compositionality of intonational meaning
    • Conclusion
  • Perception of melodic detail
    • Introduction
    • Experiment 1
      • Background
      • Hypotheses
      • Method
      • Results
      • Discussion
    • Experiment 2
      • Background
      • Hypotheses
      • Method
      • Results
      • Discussion
    • General discussion
      • Possible task improvements
      • A broader research question
    • Conclusion
  • Temporal detail in production
    • Introduction
    • Material
      • Corpora
        • Orlando
        • Danser
        • Recordings
      • Forced alignment
    • Experiment 1
      • Background
      • Hypotheses
      • Method
      • Results
      • Discussion
    • Experiment 2
      • Background
      • Hypotheses
      • Method
      • Results
      • Discussion
        • Post-hoc analysis
        • Interpretation of the results
    • General discussion
      • Universality and specificity
      • Tempo (and intonation)
    • Conclusion
  • Perception of temporal detail
    • Introduction
      • Two views of tempo
      • Hypotheses
    • Method
      • Operationalization
      • Material
    • Results
      • Orthogonality hypothesis
      • Nesting hypothesis
    • Discussion
      • Design-related issues
        • Resynthesis
        • Reaction times
        • Spin-off
      • Epistemological issues
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
    • Summary of findings
      • Intonation
      • Tempo
      • Production and perception
    • Tools for prosodic detail research
      • Automatic Speech Segmentation for Italian
      • Multi-parametric continuous resynthesis
    • Theoretical implications
      • Exemplar prosody
      • Substance, form and function
  • Bibliography
  • Name index
  • Subject index
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