Tonal Variation in Pyen Hornéy, Christina Scotte 2019-02-26T22:24:20Z 2019-02-26T22:24:20Z 2019-02-20
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.identifier.issn 1836-6823
dc.subject Tibeto-Burman
dc.subject Southern Ngwi
dc.subject phonology
dc.subject tone
dc.subject intonation
dc.subject.languagecode pyy
dc.subject.languagecode bzi
dc.subject.languagecode lwm
dc.subject.languagecode pho
dc.title Tonal Variation in Pyen
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 24
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.startingpage 12
prism.volume 12
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