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The Structure of Spoken Language


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The role of technological advances; 3. Transcription systems; 4. The autosegmental-metrical prosodic structure; 5. The incremental prosodic structure; 6. Lexical stress in Romance languages; 7. The incremental prosodic structure in six Romance languages; 8. Macrosyntax; 9. Applications; 10. Conclusion.

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An innovative and unified grammar of sentence intonation, applied to six Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian).

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Philippe Martin is a Professor in the Linguistics Department at Universite Paris Diderot.


'One of the leading scholars in the field of prosody presents his framework in this comprehensive book. The 'incremental storage concatenation model' challenges the 'autosegmental model' on the basis of large spoken corpora, looking at the Romance languages in particular, while also extending to English and Chinese Mandarin. An independent prosodic structure assembles the prosodic words into a hierarchy and predicts actual spontaneous speech data on the basis of a 'dependency to the right' principle.' Emanuela Cresti, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

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