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Intonational Morphology


Part of the Prosody, Phonology and Phonetics book series (PRPHPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 1-3
  3. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 5-19
  4. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 21-39
  5. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 55-81
  6. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 83-193
  7. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 195-229
  8. John C. Wakefield
    Pages 231-236
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 237-243

About this book


This book discusses the morphological properties of intonation, building on past research to support the long-recognized relationship between the functions and meanings of discourse particles and the functions and meanings of intonation. The morphological status of intonation has been debated for decades, and this book provides evidence from the literature combined with new and compelling empirical evidence to show that specific intonational forms correspond to specific segmental discourse particles. Based on the conclusion that intonation is in the lexicon, it proposes syntactic positions for intonational meanings using a cartographic approach. It also describes how intonation is represented in speakers' minds, which has important implications for first and second language acquisition as well as for theories and approaches to artificial speech recognition and production. This book is of interest to theoretical and applied linguists, as well as to anyone whose research and interests relate in any way to intonation.


Discourse Particles Floating Tone Intonation Morphology Natural Semantic Metalanguage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, Department of Asian StudiesPalacký UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic

About the authors

John C. Wakefield is an Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. He has published works on Cantonese discourse particles and intonation, as well as on sociopragmatics and acquiring Cantonese as a second language. He is the editor of the book Cantonese as a Second Language: Issues, Experiences and Suggestions for Teaching and Learning (Routledge), and is the author of a forthcoming book titled English Loanwords in Cantonese: How Their Meanings Have Changed (HKU Press).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intonational Morphology
  • Authors John C. Wakefield
  • Series Title Prosody, Phonology and Phonetics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Pros. Phonol. Phone.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-2263-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-2265-9
  • Series ISSN 2197-8700
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-8719
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 212 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    Linguistics, general
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