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14 - The Intonation of Arabic

Review and Hypotheses

from Part III - Theoretical and Descriptive Studies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2021

Karin Ryding
Georgetown University, Washington DC
David Wilmsen
American University of Beirut
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Khaled Rifaat provides a detailed analysis of Arabic intonation including an extensive review of literature, noting from the outset the ‘paucity of research on intonational prosody’ in Arabic linguistics. He describes Arabic intonation as an ‘accidentally dense system’ characterized by ‘structural and functional simplicity’. In particular, he points out problems of eliciting adequate corpora of spontaneous speech, whether in colloquial Arabic or in more formal Standard Arabic. His discussion covers the theoretical framework of Arabic intonational phonology, phrasing and constituents, accent types and distribution, declination, and trendlines.

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Print publication year: 2021

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