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Prosody as a genre-distinguishing feature in Ahtna: A quantitative approach

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Title: Prosody as a genre-distinguishing feature in Ahtna: A quantitative approach
Authors: Berez, Andrea L.
Keywords: Linguistics
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Citation: Berez, Andrea L. 2011. Prosody as a genre-distinguishing feature in Ahtna: A quantitative approach. Functions of Language 18(2): 210-236.
Abstract: This article is a quantitative examination of the function of prosody in distinguishing between the genres of oral performance and expository discourse in Ahtna, an Athabascan language of south-central Alaska. Within the framework of the intonation unit (e.g., Chafe 1987) I examine features of prosody related to both timing (intonation unit length and duration, pause duration and distribution, and syllable pacing) and pitch (pitch reset, boundary tones, and intonational phrasing). I show to a statistically significant degree that most of the prosodic burden of distinguishing genre is carried by a particular intonation contour that is associated with Ahtna oral performance and causes several measurable distinctions between genres.
Pages/Duration: 28
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/51897
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