Intonational Aspects of Imperatives in Mexican Spanish

Alina Lausecker, Annika Brehm, Ingo Feldhausen


This paper sheds new light on the intonation of imperatives in Mexican Spanish. Results from a pro- duction experiment based on scripted speech show that imperative sentences have two different nuclear configurations depending on the position of the imperative verb (VI): (i) (L+)H* L% with VI in sentence- final position, and (ii) L* L% with VI in non-final position. The pitch accent on VI in non-final position is characterized by a late peak (L+>H*). However, if the sentence is uttered with some sort of emphasis, the nuclear configuration in the non-final context can also be rising. While these results partly confirm claims made concerning the nuclear configuration in De-la-Mota et al. (2010), they contradict the findings in Willis (2002), who attested strong pitch accent variation on VI.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-124

Cite as: Lausecker, A., Brehm, A., Feldhausen, I. (2014) Intonational Aspects of Imperatives in Mexican Spanish. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 683-687, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-124.


@inproceedings{Lausecker2014,
  author={Alina Lausecker and Annika Brehm and Ingo Feldhausen},
  title={{Intonational Aspects of Imperatives in Mexican Spanish}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={683--687},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-124},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-124}
}