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LSPh 06: Transcription of Intonation of the Spanish Language

Pilar Prieto & Paolo Roseano (eds.)
Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats and Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The main purpose of this book is to take a step forward in the development of a consensus-based transcription system for Spanish intonation within the Tones and Break Indices (ToBI) framework by taking into account data from different dialectal varieties. The book comprises ten chapters which describe the basic intonational patterns of the following dialects of Spanish: Castilian, Cantabrian, Canarian, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan Andean, Ecuadorian Andean, Chilean, Argentinian and Mexican Spanish.

Each chapter offers a Sp_ToBI analysis of the basic intonational contrasts found in these dialects that is based on a wide range of data including a variety of statements, yes-no questions, wh- questions, echo questions, as well as vocatives and imperatives. One of the advantages of the present work is that all chapters share a common methodology in data collection, thus permitting a precise comparison of the resulting intonation contours and their analyses. Digital recordings of the actual data on which the chapters are based are available at the website of the Interactive Online Atlas of Spanish Intonation (Atlas interactivo de entonación del español, accessible at We hope that the work presented here will serve as an empirical groundwork for the establishment of a standard, comprehensive system for transcribing the intonation of the Spanish language.


Pilar Prieto

Castilian Spanish Intonation
Eva Estebas-Vilaplana and Pilar Prieto

Cantabrian Spanish Intonation
M.ª Jesús López-Bobo and Miguel Cuevas-Alonso

Canarian Spanish Intonation
Mercedes Cabrera Abreu and Francisco Vizcaíno Ortegarie

Dominican Spanish Intonation
Erik W. Willis

Puerto Rican Spanish Intonation
Meghan E. Armstrong

Venezuelan Andean Spanish Intonation
Lluïsa Astruc, Elsa Mora and Simon Rew

Ecuadorian Andean Spanish Intonation
Erin O'Rourke

Chilean Spanish Intonation
Héctor Ortiz, Marcela Fuentes and Lluïsa Astruc

Argentinian Spanish Intonation
Christoph Gabriel, Ingo Feldhausen, Andrea Pešková, Laura

Colantoni, Su-Ar Lee, Valeria Arana and Leopoldo Labastía

Mexican Spanish Intonation
Carme de-la-Mota, Pedro Martín Butragueño and Pilar Prieto

ISBN 9783862901845 (Hardbound). LINCOM Studies in Phonetics 06. 380pp. 2010.

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