Intonation across Spanish, in the Tones and Break Indices framework

Mary E. Beckman, Manuel Díaz-Campos, Julia Tevis McGory, Terrell A. Morgan
2002 Probus: International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics  
This paper describes some of the more salient intonational phenomena of Spanish, and reviews several of the most pressing questions that remain to be addressed before a definitive model of the system can be incorporated into a consensus transcription system for the language. The phenomena reviewed include the metrical underpinnings of the tune, and some of the local tone shapes that are anchored at stressed syllables or at phrase edges in several common intonation contours. The description of
more » ... he description of known facts is couched in the Autosegmental-Metrical model of intonational phonology, as is the review of outstanding questions. The description is used to motivate the preliminary transcription conventions proposed by the Spanish ToBI development group. . Before the workshop, José Ignacio Hualde prepared materials, including the dialogs from which many of the figures in this paper are taken, so that we could examine and compare recordings of the same sentences uttered in the same contexts by several speakers. Norma Mendoza-Denton took meticulous minutes of our discussion of these utterances at the meeting, and Julia Tevis McGory and Manuel Díaz-Campos used these minutes to make a Sp_ToBI web page that lists the preliminary set of tags which were agreed upon at the meeting, with accompanying speech files illustrating their use. See the Sp_ToBI homepage ( for these as well as a longer version of this paper.
doi:10.1515/prbs.2002.008 fatcat:ezu2dtkft5h2jggz6palptjjfe