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ERIC Number: ED533377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-9930-5
Transitivity and Intonation: A Preliminary Account of Transitive Lowering
Katten, David Andrew
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Rice University
Are subjects produced differently based on the transitivity of the clause they are embedded in? Based on data from a narrative reading experiment, it is shown that transitive subjects are produced with a lower f0 than intransitive subjects and that this difference is statistically significant (p less than 0.05). It is suggested that the purpose for such a difference originates from a propensity for English speakers to accent new referents, which are common in the object position. By lowering the f0 of the subject, speakers increase the efficacy of an accent on a new object later in the clause. Finally, the read narrative procedure is evaluated for its strict control of stimuli, while also reproducing known intonational phenomena. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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