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Title: Prosodic structure and intonation in Maltese : influence on Maltese English
Author: Vella, A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis presents a formal characterisation of prosodic structure and intonation in Maltese. It also examines selected structures of Maltese English, specifically structures having an interrogative function, in order to determine areas of influence of Maltese on Maltese English. Apart from accent-related rising and falling nuclear tunes, Maltese possesses two accent-related post-nuclear tunes. A tonal entity specific to structures such as vocatives, imperatives and tags is also identified. This vocative contour is similar to the post-nuclear tunes in many respects. In order to account for the fact that the specific choice of post-nuclear tune depends on that of the preceding nuclear tune, a distinction between independent and dependent domains is postulated. A proposal to deal with post-nuclear entities as being extrametrical to the phonological phrase (P-phrase) containing the nuclear tune, but crucially occurring within the same intonational phrase (I-phrase), successfully incorporates the aforementioned characteristics of Maltese intonational phonology. The vocative contour is analysed along similar lines. I advance the claim that the focus domain in Maltese is the P-phrase rather than the I-phrase. The distinctness of the falling nuclear statement tune from the falling vocative contour is adequately captured by an analysis in terms of H(igh) and L(ow) tones (Ts) which are attached either to accented syllables (T*) or to boundaries (T%). However, in order to capture the differences in implementation of the nuclear question tune from the post-nuclear statement tune, both of which have a rising contour, an extension of the framework is employed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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