This paper contributes phonetic evidence to ongoing debate regarding the position of Moroccan Arabic in prosodic typology, with the aim of determining how phrase-edge tonal events should be represented in the intonational phonology of the language. A salient phrase-final rise-fall tonal event, found in MA polar questions, is used as a case study. We examined the alignment of the f0 peak of this tonal movement, relative to potential landmarks in prosodic structure, in a set of 112 polar questions extracted from a corpus of read and spontaneous speech collected in Casablanca. A comparison of f0 peak alignment in tokens containing an unstressable final CV syllable vs. a stressable final CVC syllable suggests that the rise-fall tonal event observed in MA polar questions is best understood as a pitch accent marking prominence at the phrasal level.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of ICPhS 2015|
|Editors||Maria Wolters, Judy Livingstone, Bernie Beattie, Rachel Smith, Mike MacMahon, Jane Stuart-Smith, Jim Scobbie|
|Publisher||University of Glasgow|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2015|
|Event||18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 10 Aug 2015 → 14 Aug 2015
Conference number: 18
https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs/icphs2015 (Link to Conference Details)
|Conference||18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences|
|Abbreviated title||ICPhS 2015|
|Period||10/08/15 → 14/08/15|
Hellmuth, S., Louriz, N., Chlaihani, B., & Almbark, R. (2015). F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions. In M. Wolters, J. Livingstone, B. Beattie, R. Smith, M. MacMahon, J. Stuart-Smith, & J. Scobbie (Eds.), Proceedings of ICPhS 2015 University of Glasgow.