Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. ORCID: 0000-0002-4385-8395, Sandler, Meytal, Strunk, Jan ORCID: 0000-0001-8546-1778 and Unterladstetter, Volker (2018). On the universality of intonational phrases: a cross-linguistic interrater study. Phonology, 35 (2). pp. 207-245. ISSN 0952-6757

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This study is concerned with the identifiability of intonational phrase boundaries across familiar and unfamiliar languages. Four annotators segmented a corpus of more than three hours of spontaneous speech into intonational phrases. The corpus included narratives in their native German, but also in three languages of Indonesia unknown to them. The results show significant agreement across the whole corpus, as well as for each subcorpus. We discuss the interpretation of these results, including the hypothesis that it makes sense to distinguish between phonetic and phonological intonational phrases, and that the former are a universal characteristic of speech, allowing listeners to segment speech into intonational phrase-sized units even in unknown languages.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Himmelmann, Nikolaus P.UNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-4385-8395UNSPECIFIED
Strunk, JanUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-8546-1778UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-625084
DOI: 10.1017/s0952675718000039
Journal or Publication Title: Phonology
Volume: 35
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 207-245
Date: 2018
ISSN: 0952-6757
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik > Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
1. Phase,2018,A03,CRC 1252,EG,Projektwebsite,Prominence in Language,SFB 1252,University of Cologne,Universit\"t zu K\"ln,project-relatedUNSPECIFIED
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/62508


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