Embedded clauses and recursive prosodic phrasing in Akan

Frank Kügler


This study investigates the interaction of lexical tone and intonation in embedded clauses in the two-tone Kwa language Akan. The claim is that embedded clauses show recursive prosodic phrasing at the level of intonation phrases (ι-phrase). The prosodic boundary of an embedded clause is expressed by means of a pitch register reset. At the boundary, lexical tonal distinctions are maintained in the recursively embedded ι-phrase. The amount of pitch register reset depends on the nature of the following tone, smaller reset in case of a following L tone, and larger reset in case of a following H-tone. I will argue that recursive prosodic phrasing at the level of an ι-phrase is thus achieved by means of a pitch register reset.


DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-8

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Kügler, F. (2016) Embedded clauses and recursive prosodic phrasing in Akan. Proc. Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016, 38-42.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Kügler2016,
author={Frank Kügler},
title={Embedded clauses and recursive prosodic phrasing in Akan},
year=2016,
booktitle={Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016},
doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-8},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2016-8},
pages={38--42}
}