F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions

Sam Hellmuth, Nabila Louriz, Basma Chlaihani, Rana Almbark

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICPhS 2015
EditorsMaria Wolters, Judy Livingstone, Bernie Beattie, Rachel Smith, Mike MacMahon, Jane Stuart-Smith, Jim Scobbie
PublisherUniversity of Glasgow
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780852619414
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015
Conference number: 18
https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs/icphs2015 (Link to Conference Details)


Conference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
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