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Focus and tone
Focus and tone

Author(s): Katharina Hartmann
Subject(s): Lexis
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: tone (language); intonation (language); focus; pitch accent; prosodic phrasing;

Summary/Abstract: Tone is a distinctive feature of the lexemes in tone languages. The information-structural category ‘focus’ is usually marked by syntactic and morphological means in these languages, but sometimes also by intonation strategies. In intonation languages, focus is marked by pitch movement, which is also perceived as tone. The present article discusses prosodic focus marking in these two language types.

  • Issue Year: 55/2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 415-426
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English