A dialectometric approach to Romanian intonation


  • Paolo Roseano Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia & University of South Africa
  • Adrian Turculet Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi
  • Anca-Diana Bibiri Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, University of Iasi
  • Ramon Cerdà Massó Universitat de Barcelona
  • Ana M.a Fernández Planas Universitat de Barcelona
  • Wendy Elvira-García Universitat de Barcelona



Palabras clave:

Romanian, intonation, dialectometry, falling question contours


This paper presents the first dialectometric analysis of intonational variation of standard spoken Romanian. The data analysed (26,680 sentences) were gathered within the AMPER-ROM project and the dialectometrical analysis has been carried out with ProDis. The results are consistent with the geolinguistic descriptions of Romanian varieties. ProDis identified two major areas for yes-no questions: a central-eastern one (Moldo-Walachian), with rising contours, and a central-western one (Transylvanian, discontinuously continuing over Bukovina to Bessarabia—the Republic of Moldova—), which presents also falling contours. The study suggests that intonational areas are somehow more conservative of and (relatively) independent from segmental dialectal areas.


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Cómo citar

Roseano, P., Turculet, A., Bibiri, A.-D., Cerdà Massó, R. ., Fernández Planas, A. M., & Elvira-García, W. (2023). A dialectometric approach to Romanian intonation. Onomázein, (NEXI), 105–139. https://doi.org/10.7764/onomazein.ne11.07