Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 1(3), pp. 142 - 149
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010302
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The Intonation of Absolute Questions of Brazilian Portuguese


Francisco J. Cantero , Dolors Font-Rotchés *
Applied Phonetics Laboratory, Faculty of Teacher Training, University of Barcelona, Spain

ABSTRACT

In this paper we describe three melodic patterns of absolute interrogatives from a phonetic point of view, obtained from a corpus in Goiás (Brazil). The patterns are: a) Rising Final Inflection (30% to 52%), b) Rising-Falling Final Inflection, c) High Nucleus Final Inflection. These patterns have been established from the acoustic analysis and standardisation of 55 questions and from the verification of their validity in a perception test. We compared them with interrogative patterns obtained in different parts of Brazil and also in two Romance languages, Spanish and Catalan.

KEYWORDS
Intonation, Absolute Interrogatives, Brazilian Portuguese, Perception Test

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[1] Francisco J. Cantero , Dolors Font-Rotchés , "The Intonation of Absolute Questions of Brazilian Portuguese ," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 142 - 149, 2013. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010302.

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Francisco J. Cantero , Dolors Font-Rotchés (2013). The Intonation of Absolute Questions of Brazilian Portuguese . Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1(3), 142 - 149. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010302.