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ERIC Number: ED012149
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NOTES ON SPANISH INTONATION.
BERUMEN, ALFREDO
A STUDY WAS MADE TO CONFIRM CERTAIN OBSERVATIONS ABOUT SPANISH INTONATION PATTERNS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT PRESENT A STRIKING CONTRAST WITH ENGLISH INTONATION PATTERNS. TWENTY-FIVE SPANISH SENTENCES ILLUSTRATING PARTICULAR INTONATION PATTERNS WERE PREPARED, AND 25 STUDENTS, WHO HAD HAD AN AVERAGE OF FOUR SEMESTERS IN SPANISH, RECORDED THEM. THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENT NOT ONLY CONFIRMED THE INITIAL IDEAS ABOUT SPANISH INTONATION, BUT ALSO MADE IT POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE BY FREQUENCY THE PATTERNS THAT SEEMED TO BE LESS PERCEPTIBLE TO AMERICAN STUDENTS. THEY FAILED TO PERCEIVE, AND THEREFORE DID NOT STRESS, SUCH TONIC ELEMENTS AS THE FORMS OF "SER," INDEFINITE ARTICLES, THE IMPERSONAL "HAY," THE AUXILIARY IN PERFECT TENSES, SUBJECT PRONOUNS (ESPECIALLY THIRD PERSON), AND THE ADVERBS"NO,""YA," AND "MUY." ON THE OTHER HAND THEY SEEMED TO PERCEIVE AS TONIC SUCH ATONIC ELEMENTS AS THE FIRST OF TWO CONSECUTIVE CONJUNCTIVE PRONOUNS, THE ADJECTIVES "NUESTRO" AND "VUESTRO,""MI" AND "TU" IMPLYING CONTRAST, AND THE FIRST WORD IN SUCH PHRASES AS "EL QUE" AND "EL DE." (AUTHOR)
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