ISCA Archive ExLing 2006
ISCA Archive ExLing 2006

Melodic contours of yes/no questions in Brazilian Portuguese

João Antônio de Moraes

In this paper I describe four melodic patterns which can occur in the yes/no question, namely: i) the final rise pattern, typical of the unmarked polarity yes/no question, ii) the internal rise pattern, correlated with positive polarity questions, iii) the delayed rise pattern, indicating negative polarity, i.e. the speaker’s discordance with the sentence propositional content, and iv) the double rise pattern, found in rhetorical yes/no questions and requests. The relevance of phonological representation is discussed on the grounds of auditory tests with synthesized speech.

Cite as: Moraes, J.A.d. (2006) Melodic contours of yes/no questions in Brazilian Portuguese. Proc. First ITRW on Experimental Linguistics, 117-120

  author={João Antônio de Moraes},
  title={{Melodic contours of yes/no questions in Brazilian Portuguese}},
  booktitle={Proc. First ITRW on Experimental Linguistics},