Intonation of sentences with an NPI

  • This paper presents the results of a production experiment on the intonation of sentences containing a negative polarity item (NPI) in Tokyo Japanese. The results show that NPI sentences exhibit a focus intonation: the F0-peak of the word to which an NPI is attached is raised, while the pitch contour after the NPI-attached word is compressed until the negation. This intonation pattern is parallel to that of wh-question, in which the F0 of the wh-phrase is raised while the post-wh-contour is compressed until the question particle.

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Author:Shinichiro Ishihara
Parent Title (German):Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Prosody, Syntax, and Information Structure (WPSI 2) / Ishihara, Shinichiro (ed.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) ; Vol. 9
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2008/11/06
Year of first Publication:2007
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:Japanese; focus intonation; negative polarity item (NPI); wh-question
Page Number:32
First Page:65
Last Page:96
Source:Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Prosody, Syntax, and Information Structure (WPSI 2), ISIS, 9 ;
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht