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The intonation of Albanian polar questions and statements

Conference paper
Authors Charalambos Themistocleous
Daniela Müller
Published in 6th International Conference of Experimental Linguistics. ExLing 2015. 26-27 June 2015, Athens, Greece / Edited by Antonis Botinis
Pages 82-85
Publisher University of Athens
Place of publication Athens
Publication year 2015
Published at
Pages 82-85
Language en
Keywords prosody, Albanian, intonation, model
Subject categories Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Phonetics


This studyaims to provide an account of the effects of sentence type (statements vs. polar questions) on Standard Albanian prenuclear rises through a polynomial model representing the dynamic characteristics of tonal contours.Results show that the main difference in contour shape between Albanian statements and polar questions is located in the shape of the prenuclear rise, and this difference was significant; onset timing of the prenuclear rise, however, did not differ significantly betweenthe two types of sentence.

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