Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian
Francesco Cangemi



digital: 978-3-944675-01-5
ISBN-13 hardcover: 978-3-944675-80-0
ISBN-13 softcover: 978-3-944675-81-7
ISBN-13 softcover-US: 978-1-523743-79-7


DOI: 10.17169/FUDOCS_document_000000020994
Published: 2014-11-13

Cite as

Cangemi, Francesco. 2014. Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian (Studies in Laboratory Phonology 1). Berlin: Language Science Press.
author = {Cangemi, Francesco},
title = {Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian},
year = {2014},
series = {silp},
number = {1},
address = {Berlin},
publisher = {Language Science Press}


  • Stephanie Natolo
  • Siri Tuttle
  • Martin Hilpert
  • Thomas Gardener
  • Benedikt Singpiel
  • Michelle Natolo
  • Tamara Schmidt


  • Francesco Cangemi

About this book

Recent findings on phonetic detail have been taken as supporting exemplar-based approaches to prosody. Through four experiments on both production and perception of both melodic and temporal detail in Neapolitan Italian, we show that prosodic detail is not incompatible with abstractionist approaches either. Specifically, we suggest that the exploration of prosodic detail leads to a refined understanding of the relationships between the richly specified and continuous varying phonetic information on one side, and coarse phonologically structured contrasts on the other, thus offering insights on how pragmatic information is conveyed by prosody.

About Francesco Cangemi

Francesco Cangemi (1983) studied Literature and Philology in Naples and Zurich, completing his undergraduate studies with a dissertation on vowel systems in southern Italian dialects. After receiving his PhD in Linguistics from Aix-Marseille University with a thesis on underspecification in prosodic categories, he is currently working as a post-doc researcher in Cologne, focussing on the encoding and decoding of linguistic prominence.