The Tone-Intonation Interface

The course will explore the relationship between tone and intonation in several African languages. The course will be devoted to interface—the phonology and phonetics of intonation, phonology vs. syntax in phrasing a language (with an overview of state-of-the-art motivations for prosodic domains such as the mora, the syllable, the foot, the phonological word, the phonological phrase, the intonation phrase, the utterance phrase), how focus is realized phonologically and phonetically in a few Kwa languages, the relationship between tone and music. Issues of phonological modeling of the fundamental frequency (with a careful study of the classical Liberman and Pierrehumbert model), modeling of downsteps, may also be considered.