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Looking for the Spanish Imperative Intonation: Combination of Global and Pitch-Accent Level Strategies
Sergio Robles-Puente
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Recent studies show that Spanish dialects have different ways of expressing imperativity via intonation. However, declarative and imperative intonations have also been equated. This study shows that although declarative-like F0-patterns can be used to express imperativity in Peninsular Spanish, when there is an extra need to convey an imperative meaning, they are abandoned and suprasegmental variables of imperativity emerge. These variables can complement or substitute each other and can happen at the pitch-accent level or at the global level of the sentence. A perceptual experiment also shows the preference of certain variables and F0 configurations over others to express imperativity.

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Selected Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology
edited by Scott M. Alvord
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