Prosody of negation in Iu-Mien

Ela Thurgood

This study investigates the prosody of negation in Iu-Mien. It focuses on the local prosodic structure of [ma:i³¹] 'have' when it is negated by [mai⁴⁵] 'not'. It shows that the negated [ma:i³¹] 'have' shows a new form, [m:a:i⁴⁵⁴] 'not.have', characterized by a geminated word initial [m] and an F0 shape that, depending on the duration of the new form, is either 454 or 55. Beyond these local acoustic features of the new form, the F0 contour of the negative sentence is analyzed in order to see to what extent the negation influences the final F0 shape of the sentence.

 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-17

Cite as: Thurgood, E. (2018) Prosody of negation in Iu-Mien. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 85-89, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-17.

  author={Ela Thurgood},
  title={Prosody of negation in Iu-Mien},
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},