A Preliminary Study of Written Intonation

Ashby, P. (2017) A Preliminary Study of Written Intonation. Journal of the English Phonetic Society of Japan, 21. pp. 39-62. ISSN 1344-1086

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Authors, poets, journalists, academics and even private individuals are often at pains to ensure their readers make the judgement about focus and ‘tone of voice’ that their chosen words are intended to convey. We find this in a wide range of published and unpublished (published and unpublished) writings in English. These italics not only demonstrate how a highlighted word on the printed page can be used to correspond to the intonational nucleus in speech. The nucleus, of course, draws the whole word (and possibly more) into focus, not just the literal syllable on which the pitch movement begins (and as a trained phonetician, my instinct would be to have written published and unpublished here) but can possibly also tell us something about the phonetically untrained native-speaker’s intuitions about intonation. This paper begins a study of intonation in the written text. I have called this ‘written intonation’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 17:03
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 16:47
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/18610

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