Information structure-prosody interface: Towards a model of Albanian intonational phonology

Author(s): Enkeleida Kapia and Alejna Brugos

Abstract

This paper examines the prosodic realization of four information structure correlates in Albanian, i.e., topic, contrastive topic, rheme, and contrastive rheme. Nine participants were recruited for a reading task in which sentences were manipulated with regard to their information structure via preceding questions. The results demonstrate that speakers systematically mark these four distinct syntactic constructs with differing prosodic patterns. The results from this data set suggest that the categories of contrastive rheme and contrastive topics are indeed a distinct categories from the categories of rheme and topic, respectively. Further, this paper offers a preliminary analysis of tone patterns of Albanian intonation in the ToBI framework.

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