Tonal focus reflections in Buli and some Gur relatives

Buli is an Oti-Volta tone language spoken in Northern Ghana. This paper outlines the basic features of its tonal system and explores whether and in which way pitch respectively phonemic tone is approached as a means to i
Buli is an Oti-Volta tone language spoken in Northern Ghana. This paper outlines the basic features of its tonal system and explores whether and in which way pitch respectively phonemic tone is approached as a means to indicate the pragmatic category of focus. Pursued are cases with focus-related surface tone changes as well as cases where pitch could help to disambiguate between broad and narrow foci. It is argued that focus is not consistently encoded by pitch or tone. Parallel findings for the closely related languages Kopen o (phonetic symbol)nni and Dagbani suggest that the apparent lack of significant prosodic focus signals in Buli might pertain to a larger group of tonal languages of the Gur family.
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Author:Anne Schwarz
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1134349
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2009/10/13
Year of first Publication:2009
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2009/10/13
SWD-Keyword:Informationsstruktur
Source:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6V6H-4T3TR3J-1-1&_cdi=5815&_user=3846826&_orig=search&_coverDate=06%2F30%2F2009&_sk=998809993&view=c&wchp=dGLbVlW-zSkWA&md5=3b18d81edbd681b7c0ae302e28379ff8&ie=/sdarticle.pdf ; (in:) Lingua, 119, 6,
HeBIS PPN:219529809
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Morphologie / Morphology
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG

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