Intonation Patterns in Tyrolean German: An Autosegmental-Metrical Analysis (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #57) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 57 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.

Description


Intonation is increasingly becoming a central topic in understanding the phonology of spoken language. Geoffrey Barker gives a detailed account of the intonational structure of Tyrolean German, a South Bavarian dialect of German spoken in western Austria and northern Italy, using an autosegmental-metrical theory of intonational phonology. Based on new fieldwork data, he provides a phonetic and phonological analysis of pitch contours in Tyrolean German with the assistance of speech analysis software. He demonstrates that Tyrolean German intonation is fundamentally different from the intonation of non-southern varieties of Standard German due to its distinctive default pitch accent. This book will appeal to both intonologists and dialectologists with its illuminating depiction of the prosodic structure of this southern dialect of German. The accompanying CD enhances the reader's experience with speech samples corresponding to the appropriate figures in the book.

About the Author


The Author: Geoffrey Barker received his Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is currently serving as Lecturer. His research interests and publications span the fields of intonation, prosody, phonology, phonetics, German dialectology, sociolinguistics, and historical Germanic linguistics.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780820468372
ISBN-10: 0820468371
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2005
Pages: 179
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics