Languages differ regarding both the ways they group words into phrases and the surface cues they use to indicate relevant phrasing patterns. Modeling intonation in as many languages as possible has become a central goal of theoretical and empirical linguistics. However, intonational research has only recently begun to devote attention to the analysis of spontaneous speech, one of the central issues of this book. The volume contains eight contributions by international scholars, some of them members of the Research Center on "Multilingualism" (Hamburg, Germany), all of them experts on intonation and most also on multilingualism. A central goal of the present volume is to expand the cross-linguistic and multilingual perspective of phrasing, focusing thereby on languages from the Romance and Germanic families, among them Catalan, French, German, Italian, Occitan, and Spanish. Within Spanish, special attention is given to several Argentinean varieties, and within Italian, the Neapolitan variety is compared with the standard one.
1. Foreword (by Lleo, Conxita); 2. Part I. Phrasing across languages; 3. Correlates of phrasing in French and German from an experiment with semi-spontaneous speech (by Fery, Caroline); 4. The multi-facetted relation between phrasing and intonation contours in French (by Post, Brechtje); 5. Phrasing, register level downstep and partial topic constructions in Neapolitan Italian (by D'Imperio, Mariapaola); 6. Part II. Phrasing of languages in contact; 7. Phrase boundary distribution in Catalan: Applying the prosodic hierarchy to spontaneous speech (by Benet, Ariadna); 8. Prosodic phrasing in the spontaneous speech of an Occitan/French bilingual (by Meisenburg, Trudel); 9. Prosodic phrasing in Porteno Spanish (by Gabriel, Christoph); 10. Broad-focus declaratives in Argentine Spanish contact and non-contact varieties (by Colantoni, Laura); 11. Comparing cues of phrasing in German and Spanish child monolingual and bilingual acquisition (by Rakow, Martin); 12. Index