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Elements of Brazilian Portuguese intonation

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Hubert Truckenbrodt ,

Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, Germany, DE
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Filomena Sandalo,

Department of Linguistics, IEL/UNICAMP, Campinas- SP 13083-970, Brazil, BR
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Bernadete Abaurre

Department of Linguistics, IEL/UNICAMP, Campinas- SP 13083-970, Brazil, BR
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Abstract

Experimental results on Brazilian Portuguese (BP) intonation are reported, concentrating on speakers from the Campinas area. A combined production and perception study shows that four nuclear contours are produced and distinguished: statements (H+L* L%), emphatic statements (same, with higher F0), yes/no-questions (L+H* L%), and surprise questions (L*+H L%). A first semi-compositional analysis of the contours is offered, in which the declarative/interrogative distinction (not marked morphosyntactically on BP yes/no-questions) is encoded by the choice of L* vs. H* pitch accent. A distinction corresponding to English committing vs. non-committing intonation is marked in addition by the choice of bitonal H+L vs. L+H pitch accent. Further, it is shown that focus is marked by four out of our six speakers by the absence of a pitch accent following an early narrow focus, as well as by increased relative length of the focused constituent.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.122
How to Cite: Truckenbrodt, H., Sandalo, F., & Abaurre, B. (2009). Elements of Brazilian Portuguese intonation. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 8(1), 75–114. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.122
Published on 30 Jun 2009.
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