An intonational comparison of Yes/No Questions between the dialect of Evia and Standard Greek

Katerina Panussi


This paper presents an Autosegmental analysis of the intonational contour of Yes/No Questions in Evia Greek (EG) and compares it to that of Standard Modern Greek (SMG). It is shown that the two dialects can express Y/N questions differently: where SMG has a rise-fall at the end of the question, EG can have either a similar contour to SMG or a rise as a boundary tone. In our analysis, we followed the auto-segmental metrical theory and in particular GRToBI (Arvaniti & Baltazani 2005). We collected sound data from 4 native speakers of EG via 4 different production experiments, manipulating the position of the last stressed syllable (final syllable, penult, and antepenult). Therefore, we controlled the realisation of tonal targets under tonal crowding conditions. We also measured the scaling and the alignment of nuclear accents and phrase-edge tones. A different phonetic realization has frequency of occurrence of 71% in the dialectal variety, that is described with low nuclear accent (L*), a bitonal phrase tone (LH-) and a H(igh) edge tone (H%), which sound similar to the Elliptical Questions in SMG or continuation rise, but do not have the same function.


intonation, Yes/No questions, dialect, phonological realization, phonetic realization

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