This book offers the first comprehensive description of the prosody of nine Romance languages that takes into account internal dialectal variation.
Teams of experts examine the prosody of Catalan, French, Friulian, Italian, Occitan, Portuguese, Romanian, Sardinian, and Spanish using the Autosegmental Metrical framework of intonational phonology and the Tones and Breaks Indices (ToBI) transcription system.
The chapters all share a common methodology, based on a common Discourse Completion Task questionnaire, and provide extensive empirical data.
The authors then analyse how intonation patterns work together with other grammatical means such as syntactic constructions and discourse particles in the linguistic marking of a varied set of sentence types and pragmatic meanings across Romance languages.
The ToBI prosodic systems and annotations proposed for each language are based both on aphonological analysis of the target language as well as on the shared goal of using ToBI analyses that are comparable across Romance languages.
This book will pave the way for more systematic typological comparisons of prosody across both Romance and non-Romance languages.