Declarative utterances in Buenos Aires Spanish

Creator

Labastía, Leopoldo Omar

Abstract

This chapter aims to explore an aspect of the interface between prosody and pragmatics by examining the contribution of intonation to the process of utterance interpretation in spontaneous speech. Buenos Aires Spanish has three nuclear pitch accent + boundary tone configurations associated with declarative utterances: (a) high-falling (H+L* L%); (b) low (L* L%); (c) rising-falling (L+H*+L L%). All three can be used to assert a given state of affairs, but each encodes a different pragmatic meaning, associated with the strength and emphasis with which the state of affairs is communicated and with the type of cognitive effect to be achieved by the utterance. The prosodic analysis is carried out using the Autosegmental-Metrical approach, and the pragmatic analysis follows Relevance Theory.

Bibliographic Citation

Labastía, L. O. (2016). Declarative utterances in Buenos Aires Spanish. En Armstrong, M., Henriksen, N., & Vanrell, M. (Eds.), Intonational Grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches through different subfields (pp. 207-226). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Publisher

John Benjamins

Date

2016

Extent

pp. 207-226

Type

parte de libro

Identifier

bibliotecadelenguas.uncoma.edu.ar/items/show/170
ISBN 9789027258052

Format

pdf

License

CC BY-NC-SA

Is Part Of

Armstrong, M., Henriksen, N., & Vanrell, M. (Eds.), Intonational Grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches through different subfields (pp. 207-226). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016

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Citation

Labastía, Leopoldo Omar, “Declarative utterances in Buenos Aires Spanish,” Biblioteca Digital de la Facultad de Lenguas. Universidad Nacional del Comahue, accessed September 28, 2021, https://bibliotecadelenguas.uncoma.edu.ar/items/show/170.

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