Course 4: Prosody, variation and contact

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Registration period: from February 25 to April 7. 

 If you want to receive academic credits issued by UNICAMP, please contact the Linguistics Postgraduate Program (CGP/IEL/UNICAMP) via in order to enroll for the course. You will be asked to fill out a form and send it back. Notice that if you are not a student enrolled at UNICAMP, you will be required to register as a non-degree student. 

Course 4 - Prosody, variation and contact
Course code: LL953/A
Course period: April, 19, 21, 23, 26, and 28
UNICAMP enrollment deadline: April 9



Barbara Gili Fivela (University of Salento, Italy)
April, 19, 21, 23, 26, and 28.
From 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (GMT-3/Brasília)

Enrollment limit: 50 participants 



Analyzing prosody: methods and issues (April 19 2021)

The main features of prosody and, in particular, of intonation are discussed
in terms of both form and function. Focus of attention are the relation between
phonological analysis and phonetic details as well as key issues such as the reference
to metrical structure, the relevance of phrasing phenomena and prominence relationships.

The ideal homogeneity and the structured heterogeneity in intonation (April 21 2021)

The topic of homogeneity and heterogeneity of linguistic systems is discussed
with respect to intonation, by taking into account some of the factors,
both language internal and language external, that have been shown
to affect variation in intonation systems.

Intonation and contact of systems within individual speakers (April 23 2021)

Contact situations are discussed in which individuals refer to different systems
acquired through foreign language acquisition or bilingual education. The difficulties
in defining bilingualism are introduced and the impact of within-speaker contact
on prosodic systems is discussed with reference to existing models and theories.

Intonation and contact of languages within a specific area (April 26 2021)

Focus of attention are contact situations in which languages and language
varieties are spoken within the same territory. The discussion relates to
intonation features that may be due to contact with another language and,
in general, to accommodation phenomena regarding prosody and intonation.

Prosody, variation and contact (April 28 2021)

The main key concepts discussed during the previous meetings are summarized
with specific attention to methodological issues, trying to point out drawbacks of current
widespread methods as well as to shed light on possible future directions.



Multiple choice tests together with participation in the discussion during the
meetings will be used for student assessment.



Arvaniti, A. To appear [expected: 2020]. The Autosegmental-Metrical model of intonational phonology. In Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel & Jonathan Barnes (Eds), Prosodic Theory and Practice. The MIT Press.

Frota, S., de Moraes, J. A. (2016) Intonation in European and Brazilian Portuguese, in The Handbook of Portuguese Linguistics (eds W. L. Wetzels, J. Costa and S. Menuzzi), John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.

Mennen, I. (2015). Beyond segments: towards an L2 intonation learning theory (LILt). In E. Delais-Roussarie, M. Avanzi & S. Herment (Eds.), Prosody and Languages in Contact: L2 acquisition, attrition, languages in multilingual situations. SpringerVerlag, 171-188.

Colantoni, L., Gurlekian, J. (2004). Convergence and intonation: Historical evidence from Buenos Aires Spanish. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 7, 107-119.


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