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The intonation of wh- and yes/no-questions in Tokyo Japanese

Ishihara, Shinichiro LU (2017) In Contrastiveness in information structure, alternatives and scaler implicatures 91. p.339-415
Abstract
The paper reports experimental results on the intonation of wh- and yes/no-questions in Tokyo Japanese, and discusses several implications for the semantic and phonological theories of focus. The intonation of declarative sentences, wh-questions, and yes/no-questions are systematically compared. The results show that the wh-question exhibits an F0-prominence on the wh-phrase, while the yes/no-question exhibits an F0-prominence on the verb. It is claimed that these prominences are both focus-oriented. This proposal fits the standard semantic theory of questions (Hamblin 1973) nicely. Phonological theories of focus prosody in Tokyo Japanese are compared in the light of the results. The interaction... (More)
The paper reports experimental results on the intonation of wh- and yes/no-questions in Tokyo Japanese, and discusses several implications for the semantic and phonological theories of focus. The intonation of declarative sentences, wh-questions, and yes/no-questions are systematically compared. The results show that the wh-question exhibits an F0-prominence on the wh-phrase, while the yes/no-question exhibits an F0-prominence on the verb. It is claimed that these prominences are both focus-oriented. This proposal fits the standard semantic theory of questions (Hamblin 1973) nicely. Phonological theories of focus prosody in Tokyo Japanese are compared in the light of the results. The interaction of the notions of focus and discourse-newness/givenness are also discussed. (Less)
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intonation, wh-question, yes/no-questions, Japanese, focus, givenness
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Contrastiveness in information structure, alternatives and scaler implicatures
editor
Lee, Chungmin; Kiefer, Ferenc; Krifka, Manfred; ; and
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91
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339 - 415
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Springer Verlag
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0924-4670
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978-3-319-10105-7
978-3-319-10106-4
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10.1007/978-3-319-10106-4_19
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English
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  abstract     = {The paper reports experimental results on the intonation of <i>wh</i>- and yes/no-questions in Tokyo Japanese, and discusses several implications for the semantic and phonological theories of focus. The intonation of declarative sentences, <i>wh</i>-questions, and yes/no-questions are systematically compared. The results show that the <i>wh</i>-question exhibits an F<sub>0</sub>-prominence on the wh-phrase, while the yes/no-question exhibits an F<sub>0</sub>-prominence on the verb. It is claimed that these prominences are both focus-oriented. This proposal fits the standard semantic theory of questions (Hamblin 1973) nicely. Phonological theories of focus prosody in Tokyo Japanese are compared in the light of the results. The interaction of the notions of focus and discourse-newness/givenness are also discussed.},
  author       = {Ishihara, Shinichiro},
  editor       = {Lee, Chungmin and Kiefer, Ferenc and Krifka, Manfred},
  isbn         = {978-3-319-10105-7},
  issn         = {0924-4670},
  keyword      = {intonation,wh-question,yes/no-questions,Japanese,focus,givenness},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {339--415},
  publisher    = {Springer Verlag},
  series       = {Contrastiveness in information structure, alternatives and scaler implicatures},
  title        = {The intonation of <i>wh</i>- and yes/no-questions in Tokyo Japanese},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10106-4_19},
  volume       = {91},
  year         = {2017},
}