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Explaining the PENTA mode: A reply to Arvaniti and Ladd (2009)

Xu, Y; Lee, A; Prom-on, S; Liu, F; (2015) Explaining the PENTA mode: A reply to Arvaniti and Ladd (2009). Phonology , 32 (3) pp. 505-535. 10.1017/S0952675715000299. Green open access

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Abstract

his paper presents an overview of the Parallel Encoding and Target Approximation (PENTA) model of speech prosody, in response to an extensive critique by Arvaniti & Ladd (2009). PENTA is a framework for conceptually and computationally linking communicative meanings to fine-grained prosodic details, based on an articulatory-functional view of speech. Target Approximation simulates the articulatory realisation of underlying pitch targets – the prosodic primitives in the framework. Parallel Encoding provides an operational scheme that enables simultaneous encoding of multiple communicative functions. We also outline how PENTA can be computationally tested with a set of software tools. With the help of one of the tools, we offer a PENTA-based hypothetical account of the Greek intonational patterns reported by Arvaniti & Ladd, showing how it is possible to predict the prosodic shapes of an utterance based on the lexical and postlexical meanings it conveys.

Type: Article
Title: Explaining the PENTA mode: A reply to Arvaniti and Ladd (2009)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0952675715000299
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0952675715000299
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460197
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