Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Markedness in the Prosody of Contact Varieties of South African English

Sabine Zerbian

Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany

It has been widely observed in the literature that not only learner varieties but also contact varieties differ in their prosody from the standard variety. The article aims at providing a unified account to the linguistic variation in prosodic focus marking found across learner and contact varieties of the same language, South African English. The notion of markedness allows singling out prosodic focus marking as a likely target of linguistic change given its crosslinguistic complexity in sentence accent systems.

Index Terms: sentence accent, markedness, focus, givenness

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Zerbian, Sabine (2012): "Markedness in the prosody of contact varieties of South African English", In SP-2012, 446-449.