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The Interpretation of Intonation Variations in Bulgarian Questions with Extra Semantic Nuance


Authors:
Gergana Padareva-Ilieva Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Pages: 239-246

Abstract:

The paper presents an experiment which main goal is to show the most appropriate interpretation of two intonation variations in interrogative sentences without morphological or syntactic marker. The two pitch patterns were opposed one another for to prove if they should be regarded as phonologically distinct units or as phonetic variants of a single unit. The research is based on the position that intonation, as a part of speech production with distinctive functions, is a device for economizing on other linguistic levels. Much more the paper tries to show the relation between abstract messages and concrete language forms.

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