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Read! – On the intonational properties of short imperatives in Spanish

Sergio Robles-Puente
From the journal Probus

Abstract

In this study, the intonation of one-word imperatives is compared with that of one-word declaratives in Peninsular Spanish in order to establish differences and similarities between them. The analysis of 373 utterances produced by 8 speakers (117 in a declarative context and 256 in an imperative context) demonstrates that the intonational link between declaratives and imperatives is irrefutable since L+H* L% configurations are found in both pragmatic contexts. Nevertheless, imperatives can also show tonal movements not found in declaratives: L+H* LH%, L+H* HL%, L+H* H%, L* H%. Finally, the study demonstrates that due to the limitations short imperative utterances involve, speakers implement tonal movements rarely attested in imperatives with multiple pitch accents.

Acknowledgments

The author would like to thank the anonymous reviewers of Probus for their constructive and helpful comments as well as all the participants for making this study possible.

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Published Online: 2016-5-19
Published in Print: 2017-5-1

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