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Verum Focus in Polar Questions in Romanian: Prosodic Effects

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LXII (1), p. 59-76
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:I argue that a certain intonational pattern found in Romanian polar questions, which has been qualified as neutral in previous studies, actually marks verum focus. This pattern consists of a L* nuclear accent on the verb and a HL% boundary tone, with the H part associated to the last stressed syllable, and the L part truncated when this syllable is the very last in the sentence. This pattern also characterizes early constituent focus (including focus on the verb, which is realized in the same way as verum focus). The neutral intonation is different, consisting of a L* nuclear accent on the last stressed constituent followed by a H% tone. This pattern is identical to the one found with narrow focus on the last constituent, as expected given the general prosodic properties of the language.
Key words:verum, focus, polar questions, intonation
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 1

References in this publication: 10

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