Intonation (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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This is the first textbook on intonation for linguists, and the first textbook which attempts to widen the discussion of intonation to languages other than English. All languages use intonation to convey attitudes and to link speech together, and the central chapters of the book explore the sort of theoretical framework that has to be set up in order to analyse intonation, describe in detail the meanings associated with intonational differences, and examine intonation from a comparative perspective. Introductory chapters describe the physiology and acoustics of pitch and the complex relationship between intonation, stress, accent and rhythm, while the final chapter provides an overview of the state of the art in intonational studies. A cassette, reproducing many of the illustrative examples in the book, is also available.

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When published in 1986, this book was the first to survey intonation in all its aspects, both in English and universally. In this updated edition, while the basic descriptive facts of the form and use of intonation are presented in the British nuclear tone tradition, there is nevertheless extensive comparison with other theoretical frameworks, in particular with the ToBI framework, which has become widespread in the United States. The author has expanded the sections on historical background, different theoretical approaches and sociolinguistic variation. Intonation remains a basic reference book for linguists, phoneticians, speech therapists and all those concerned with speech in any way.

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