Course guide

of the course

of the course

Core concepts


Description of the course


This course is organized in five main sections: a course guide, an ear training section, an exposition of the Sp_ToBI labeling system, exercises and references.

  • The COURSE GUIDE section includes the goals of this course and gives a description of it. It then gives a series of links to other websites about the core concepts of intonation and the ToBI systems. You will also find a short glossary with the most important words of the linguistic vernacular about prosody.

  • In the EAR TRAINING section, you will find some exercises to practice sound recognition.
    It teaches you how to identify and discriminate between high, low, rising and falling pitch movements. This is the first step before being confronted with the actual intonation patterns of the Sp_ToBI labeling system for Spanish prosody.

  • The next part deals with the Sp_ToBI LABELING SYSTEM .
    It first explains its uses and describes how it works.
    It then shows you how to label Spanish prosody, with explanations separated into two main parts:

    • The first part deals with the 5 different levels of prosodic phrasing used in Sp_ToBI, with theoretical explanations and examples for each level.

    • The second part deals with tonal representation and shows the labels of the pitch accent, boundary tones, and nuclear configurations found in Spanish intonation. Each item is presented in an independent account, showing its phonetic realization, its context(s) of apparition, examples and how to discriminate it from another similar item.

  • After this, you will find a part consisting of EXERCISES, to practice identification and discrimination of all of the prosodic elements taken into account by Sp_ToBI: the different levels of prosodic phrasing, pitch accents, boundary tones and nuclear configurations.

  • Finally, there is a list of REFERENCES about the Sp_ToBI labeling system, workshops on Sp_ToBI and other ToBI systems.