International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Distinctive Function of Request Contours in a Jordanian Dialect
Mr. Abedalaziz Jaradat, Prof. Radwan S. Mahadin

This study aims at investigating the role of request intonation in differentiating between the literal meaning of some daily used forms and their indirect request counterparts. The forms are taken from Irbid dialect which is located at the northern part of Jordan. Two speakers of Irbid Arabic dialect recorded 30 utterances containing indirect forms of request. The forms are classified into apologetic and interrogative forms of requests. Following the autosegmantal-metrical approach, proposed by Pierrehumbert (1980), the intonational contours are represented into events. Results show that the intonational pattern of request which has a major role in accommodating between a literal pattern of apology or interrogation and the indirect meaning of request and a minor role in delimiting the speaker-hearer relation.

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