F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions

Sam Hellmuth, Nabila Louriz, Basma Chlaihani, Rana Almbark

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Abstract

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.
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
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Conference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period10/08/1514/08/15
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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.
Hellmuth, Sam ; Louriz, Nabila ; Chlaihani, Basma ; Almbark, Rana. / F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions. Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. editor / Maria Wolters ; Judy Livingstone ; Bernie Beattie ; Rachel Smith ; Mike MacMahon ; Jane Stuart-Smith ; Jim Scobbie. University of Glasgow, 2015.
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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, 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 10/08/15.

F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions. / Hellmuth, Sam; Louriz, Nabila; Chlaihani, Basma; Almbark, Rana.

Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. ed. / Maria Wolters; Judy Livingstone; Bernie Beattie; Rachel Smith; Mike MacMahon; Jane Stuart-Smith; Jim Scobbie. University of Glasgow, 2015.

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Hellmuth S, Louriz N, Chlaihani B, Almbark R. F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions. In Wolters M, Livingstone J, Beattie B, Smith R, MacMahon M, Stuart-Smith J, Scobbie J, editors, Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. University of Glasgow. 2015