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Tonal Variation in Pyen

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Item Summary Hornéy, Christina Scotte 2019-02-26T22:24:20Z 2019-02-26T22:24:20Z 2019-02-20
dc.identifier.issn 1836-6823
dc.description.abstract Several studies on the Tibeto-Burman Ngwi (Lolo) language family describe tone behavior in the framework of tonogenesis/historical reconstruction among the different languages, but synchronic tonal analyses are rare or are lacking in specifics. After laying out the phoneme inventory, this paper presents a look at the tone of Pyen, belonging to the Bisoid subgroup of Southern Ngwi, spoken in Myanmar. We focus especially on tone sandhi and phrase-final intonation. Its three contrastive tones, high, mid, and low, occur on every word type. Verbal suffixes differ from this pattern; they carry only the high or low tone, depending on the tone of either the preceding verb stem or any preceding tone-bearing suffix. A non-lexical intonational-phrase-final boundary tone is frequently used to express exclamation or emphasis, and is often found in conjunction with phrasal affixes indicating grammatical mood. This falling boundary tone is associated with a greater excursion of pitch than the low boundary tone found in neutral expressions.
dc.format.extent 13 pages
dc.subject Tibeto-Burman
dc.subject Southern Ngwi
dc.subject phonology
dc.subject tone
dc.subject intonation
dc.title Tonal Variation in Pyen
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.subject.languagecode pyy
dc.subject.languagecode bzi
dc.subject.languagecode lwm
dc.subject.languagecode pho
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.volume 12
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 12
prism.endingpage 24
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