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UNIT 8 Phonetics

UNIT 8 Phonetics

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Pitch movements associated to the segmental stream (speaker depending).The acoustic manifestation of intonation is fundamental frequency which is perceived by listener as pitch.Articulatory phonetics Acoustic phonetics Auditory phonetics(production point of view) (transmission point of view)(reception point of view)Rate of vocal folds
Fundamental frequency
Pitch(Fo)The quicker the vocal
the higher Fo
the higher the pitchfolds vibrate(higher number of sensationcycles per second)Intonation can also be defined as the use of the pitch in order to provide linguisticinformation.There are different types of languages:
Tone languages
: pitch is a lexical resource, changes in intonation producedifferences in meaning at word level (Chinese).
Pitch-accent languages
: syllables of a word are pronounced with a different pitch or accent (Japanese).
Intonation languages
: changes in intonation have a change in meaning atsentence level (English, Spanish).
Main Functions of Intonation
1.Grammatical functionThe intonation is used to signal the syntactic or grammatical structure. Thelistener is better able to recognise the grammar and syntactic structure by usingthe information contained in the intonation (placement of boundaries between phrases, clauses or sentences, the difference between questions and statementsand the use of grammatical subordination).
She dressed and fed the baby
(the baby was dressed and fed)
She dressed | and fed the baby
(she dressed herself and then fed the baby)2.Accentual informationMain function of intonation is distribution of accents among stressed syllablesin order to emphasize what need to be perceived as the most significant word.
 Paul is
 Paul is
(Paul and not another one)3.Discourse functionThe study of the intonation related to the context. It means to convey what isnew and what in old or known. What is old is unaccented.Usually the main accent is in the last lexical word in the sentence:
My name is
When the speaker said something after that, what he thinks is old or known isunaccented and the new is accented:
My name is
If somebody says you
Thank you
, and you reply
, you must tochange the pattern of intonation (in the first one
is accented, in thesecond one
is accented).4.Attitudinal functionIntonation is used to convey attitude, emotions or feelings. This adds a specialkind of ‘meaning’ to spoken language.5.Sociolinguistic functionIntonation gives the clue a) where somebody comes from; b) his social level; c)sex, age, personality; d) individual features (idiosyncrasy).
Notation System of Intonation
Interlinear notationA succession of dots (one for each syllable) between two parallel linesrepresents the tune (melodic curve) (see Cruttenden 11.6).
Tonetic stress marksDiacritics signs placed before the syllable.American linguistic has other means as the number system.
The Basic Unit of Intonation: Word Group
TONALITYThe division of the speech into the intonational units (word groups, tone units or intonational phrases). Usually they coincide with syntactic units.
 I didn’t know that Peter left the country
1 unit
 I didn’t know | that Peter left the country
2 units
 I didn’t know | that Peter | left the country
3 unitsYou can put the boundaries depending on you want to transmit or you mean.The boundaries can be a pause, a change of pitch, etc. They are marked by a singlevertical line ‘|’, or by double vertical lines ‘||’ when there is a pause.
She washed and brushed her hair 
1 unit: the hair was washed and brushed
She washed | and brushed her hair 
2 units: she washed herself and thenshe brushed her hair TONICITY
Distribution of accents within each tone unit (accent: pitch movement).
My *friend is *very *handsome
3 stressed syllables (stress: rhythm)
3 accented syllables (accent: pitchmovement)each stressed syllable is accented
only 2 accented syllables out of the 3stressed
only 1 accented syllable out of the 3stressedStressed syllables but unaccented (without pitch movement) are marked with ‘
or ‘
’ depending on whether the tone (pitch) is kept high or low.TONETrue inventory of accent inventory.The choice the speaker has to produce different meanings. The choice of thelinguistically relevant pitch movements.
It is the pitch movement linguistically relevant.
Division of Tone units or Word Groups
(Pre-head) + (Head) + Nucleus + (Tail)( ) optional element
Nuclear Tone
STRUCTURE OF NUCLEAR TONEThe Word Groups (tone units) have pitch movements in order to signal themost informative word.
The last accented syllable. The last accent (pitch movement or pitch prominence) falls on the stressed syllable of the most informative word. It is theonly mandatory element of the tone unit.In monosyllabic words there is only nucleus.The accent which falls on the nucleus is the primary accent of the intonational phrase.
: unaccented syllables after the nucleus.
*He is *very *handsome
  N T
Nuclear tone
: the tone on the nucleus and the tail. The pitch movement beginson the nucleus but it is completed over the rest of the tone unit (i.e. the tail). If it is a rising tone the pitch of the syllables in the tail getting progressivelyhigher.

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