Bàsàa Wh-questions and Prosodic Structuring

We show that wh-words are a tool to investigate the prosodic structure of Bàsàa. Our claim is that the end of an Intonation Phrase (IP) can be identified by the presence of a long vowel on the wh-word. We propose that wh
We show that wh-words are a tool to investigate the prosodic structure of Bàsàa. Our claim is that the end of an Intonation Phrase (IP) can be identified by the presence of a long vowel on the wh-word. We propose that wh-words, which sometimes surface as C´V and sometimes as C´V´V, are underlyingly of the C´V form and they introduce a floating H. Whenever the association of this floating H with the first tone bearing unit that follows the wh-word is prevented by the presence of an IP boundary, a mora is created on the wh-word in order to realize the floating H. We briefly discuss the interface approach of Immediately After the Verb (IAV) focus (Costa and Kula, 2008) and we show that Bàsàa wh-questions and answers do not support this hypothesis. Finally, Bàsàa fronted whphrases, just like Hausa’s fronted foci (Leben et al., 1989), seem to provide support to the idea that intonational effects are also at play in the present tone language.
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Author:Fatima Hamlaoui, Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-310608
URL:http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/zaspil540.html
ISSN:1435-9588
ISSN:0947-7055
Parent Title (English):Questions in Bantu languages : prosodies and positions; [papers ... at the Workshop on Bantu Wh-questions, held at the Institut des Sciences de l'Homme, Univ.; Lyon 2, on 25 - 26 March 2011 ...] / Laura J. Downing (ed.), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin; ZASPil Vol. 55, S. 47-63
Publisher:Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:English
Year of Completion:2011
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/11/14
SWD-Keyword:Basaa-Sprache; Interrogativsatz; Intonation <Linguistik>; Prosodie
Volume:55
Pagenumber:17
First Page:47
Last Page:63
HeBIS PPN:381155137
Dewey Decimal Classification:493 Nichtsemitische afroasiatische Sprachen
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Linguistik-Klassifikation: Phonetik/Phonologie / Phonetics/Phonology
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:ZASPiL 55 = Questions in Bantu Languages : Prosodies and Positions
Journal: Dazugehörige Zeitschrift anzeigen
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