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Level is Also Significant: Pitch Level Choices

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1. Title Title of document Level is Also Significant: Pitch Level Choices - Phonology in Systemic Functional Linguistics
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Lucía Inés Rivas; National University of La Pampa, Argentina; Argentina
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) pitch level; pitch movement; pitch span; local pitch choice; prominence; pitch concord
5. Subject Subject classification Systemic Functional Linguistics; Phonology
6. Description Abstract Within SFL and as already mentioned in Chapter 3, pitch level has been described in its textual role of organizing the structure of texts, signalling beginnings and endings of topics or ideas. But from a more macro perspective, the overall pitch span speakers adopt in their texts has sociolinguistic implications as regards projected identities such as gender and ethnicity, among others. Overall pitch span can also depend on different speaking situations or environments. In a micro analysis, moment-by-moment choices in pitch level can build different kinds of meanings, as ‘upjumps’ (or ‘downjumps’) in pitch can highlight expressions, and can project particular meanings at different points in the tone unit.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2025
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38992
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Phonology in Systemic Functional Linguistics
16. Language English=en en
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