Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Nuclear Rises and Final Rises in Manchego Peninsular Spanish Yes/No Questions

Nicholas C. Henriksen

Department of Linguistics and Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana University, USA

This paper is an experimental investigation examining the tonal structure of yes/no question intonation by speakers of Manchego Peninsular Spanish. It provides a phonetic and phonological analysis of a corpus of 738 yes/no question utterances produced by 16 speakers in a contextualized sentence reading task. The acoustic-phonetic analysis focuses on the scaling and timing correlates of final rises produced under various tonal clash and non-clash contexts. The quantitative results provide evidence for two separate tonal configurations, and this difference is indicated by contrasting nuclear pitch accent specifications: H*…¡H% and L*…H%.

Index Terms: yes/no questions, final rises, sparse tonal specification

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Bibliographic reference.  Henriksen, Nicholas C. (2010): "Nuclear rises and final rises in Manchego peninsular Spanish yes/no questions", In SP-2010, paper 212.