Barcelona , June 22, 2005

The purpose of this Workshop, which will take place in conjunction with the Conference Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia (PaPI) 2005, is to advance in the development of a common transcription system for Spanish intonation, along the lines of American English ToBI and other similar systems for other languages.

As a point of departure we will take the proposal in Beckman et al., 2002, “Intonation across Spanish, in the Tone and Break Indices framework”, Probus 14: 9-36.

Participants should provide a set of sound files in wav format from spontaneous speech illustrating some specific problem of analysis that they have encountered and they would like to discuss. These sound files will be distributed to all participants for their labelling either prior to or at the workshop, so that differences in analysis and labeling can be contrasted. The workshop will thus have the format of a series of open discussions led in each case by the participant who proposed the topic and provided the set of problematic examples.


José Ignacio Hualde (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Tonal alignment

Erin O’Rourke (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“(Re)analyzing * in bitonal pitch accents : Alignment versus association of prenuclear peaks in Peruvian Spanish”
Pilar Prieto & Timothy Face (ICREA-UAB & University of Minnesota)
“Three-way contrasts in rising accents in Peninsular Spanish”
Miquel Simonet & Francisco Torreira (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Word boundary effects in F0 timing in Spanish: Laboratory and spontaneous speech”
Laura Colantoni (Univ. of Toronto)
“Alignment of nuclear and prenuclear accentual peaks in Buenos Aires Spanish”

Dialect differences and tonal encoding

Eduardo Velázquez (Freie Universität Berlin)
“Dialect-specific difficulties within the tone inventory of Sp-ToBI”  

Erik Willis (New Mexico State Univ.)
“The pragmatics of phrase tones in Spanish narratives: a cross-dialectal examination of Mexican and Caribbean Spanish”

Mercedes Cabrera Abreu & Francisco Vizcaíno (Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
“Broad and narrow focus declaratives in Canary Island Spanish”

Manuel Díaz-Campos (Indiana Univ.)
“Perceiving pitch accent differences: An experimental study of declarative intonational phrases in Spanish”


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