The phonology and phonetics of intonation


SPArK members: Argyro Katsika

Collaborators: Amalia Arvaniti

This project is a collaboration with Amalia Arvaniti (PI) and focuses on the relationship between phonetic variability and phonological abstraction in intonation. Functional Principal Component Analysis (FPCA) is applied on three widely used Greek pitch accents. Tonal events emerge as highly comparable to segments: they are realized by a number of phonetic dimensions, which exhibit within-category variability and cross-category overlap and can be in trading relationships with each other, while recourse to meaning is required to establish contrasts between them.


We have also discussed this work at the following meetings:

  • Arvaniti, A., Katsika, A., Lohfink, G. & Li, Y. 2019. Variation, variability and category overlap in intonation, The Phonetics and Phonology in Europe Conference 2019, Cambridge, UK, 17-19 June 2019.
  • ​​Arvaniti, A., Katsika, A., Lohfink, G. & Li, Y. 2018. Modelling variability in intonation: co-variation, distal effects and cue trading (with Amalia Arvaniti and Yang Li), International Conference on Tone and Intonation (TIE) 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 2018
  • Li, Y., Katsika, A. & Arvaniti, A. 2018. Modelling variability in intonation, The 2018 Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, Kent, UK, 12-14 April 2018.
  • Li, Y., Katsika, A. & Arvaniti, A. 2018. Modelling variability and non-local effects in intonation as cue trading, Laboratory Phonology 16, Lisbon, Portugal, 19-22 June 2018.
  • Chionidou, A., Li, Y., Katsika, A. & Arvaniti, A. 2017. The phonetics and phonology of focus in Greek, The International Conference on Greek Linguistics 13, London, United Kingdom, 7-9 September 2017.
  • Katsika, A. & Arvaniti, A. (2016), Focus accentuation and phonetic variability in Greek, Laboratory Phonology 15, Ithaca, NY, 13-16 July 2016.
  • Arvaniti, A., Adamou, E. & Katsika, A. 2016. Tonal targets and phonetic variability, ISSLaC2, Paris, France, 2-4 December 2016.