Somali as a tone language

Abstract : Since Hyman's seminal paper, Somali has usually been considered to be a tonal/pitch-accent language. Recently, phonologists have cast doubt upon the pertinence of such a prosodic class, arguing that pitch-accent languages do not form a coherent category with distinctive criteria and can be reduced to either stress/accent or tonal languages. This paper outlines a tonal analysis of Somali. It aims at showing that the multiple pitch patterns observed in different classes of words and syntactic contexts find a more accurate account within an approach using tonal features only.
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David Le Gac. Somali as a tone language. Speech Prosody 2016, May 2016, Boston, United States. pp.292-296, ⟨10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-60⟩. ⟨hal-02349778⟩



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