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L'intonation dans les langues tonales : des réflexions générales et deux études de cas

Abstract : The present work illustrates what the study of tonal languages can contribute to the study of intonation. Studying the intonation of a tonal language leads to maintaining a consistent distinction between tones and intonation as separate levels. This perspective is instrumental in bringing out the specificity, richness and complexity of intonation. After recapitulating the essentials of a conceptual framework, we present a modest pilot experiment on Vietnamese and French which confirms the existence of crosswalks between tones and intonation. We then address the question of the nature of the prosodic phenomena that occur on final particles in Muong (a close relative of Vietnamese). Do these particles carry a lexical tone? What contribution does sentence intonation make to their realization? The current context of widespread bilingualism leads to the formulation of an innovative hypothesis: that a Vietnamese lexical tone provided Muong speakers with a prosodic pattern from which they created an “intonational tone”.
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Submitted on : Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 9:34:04 AM
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Alexis Michaud, Minh-Châu Nguyễn, Vera Scholvin. L'intonation dans les langues tonales : des réflexions générales et deux études de cas. 2021. ⟨halshs-03189736v2⟩

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