The non-lax question prosody of Akan

Susanne Genzel


The paper investigates the acoustics of the final vowel in string-identical Yes-No questions and statements in Akan, a Kwa languages classified as belonging to the group of lax prosody languages. Several spectral measures and measure of periodicity are presented. Results show that the final vowels of Yes-No questions are not characterized by lax laryngeal settings. The final vowel of Yes-No questions is produced with more speech effort due to an additional tonal target at the right edge of the question (L%). The question prosody of Akan thus exhibits non-lax characteristics. Index Terms: African tone language, Yes-No question, prosody, vowel quality


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-1

Cite as: Genzel, S. (2018) The non-lax question prosody of Akan. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 2-6, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-1.


@inproceedings{Genzel2018,
  author={ Susanne Genzel},
  title={ The non-lax question prosody of Akan},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={2--6},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-1},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-1}
}