Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Language-Specific and Universal Patterns in Narrow Focus Marking in Romani

Evangelia Adamou (1), Amalia Arvaniti (2)

(1) Oral Tradition Languages & Civilizations (LACITO), National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France
(2) Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego, USA

This paper presents a first sketch of the intonation and rich focus marking devices of Komotini Romani on the basis of an autosegmental-metrical analysis of spontaneous data prosody. Contrary to the "minimality condition" that has been argued to prevail in the choice of focus strategies, Komotini Romani often uses several focus marking devices concurrently. Moreover, Komotini Romani adds stress-shift to the list of focus marking strategies available cross-linguistically.

Index Terms: focus, accentuation, prosody, Romani

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Bibliographic reference.  Adamou, Evangelia / Arvaniti, Amalia (2010): "Language-specific and universal patterns in narrow focus marking in Romani", In SP-2010, paper 086.