The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
It is widely assumed that tonal alignment is not contrastive in contour tones [1,2,3]. Contrary to this consensus,  recently presented evidence of contrastive alignment in falling contours in Dinka. The current study contributes to this area of investigation through an acoustic analysis of the relevant part of the tone system of another language: Shilluk. The dataset is built around the tonal contrast of Low vs. Early-aligned High Fall vs. Late-aligned High Fall vs. High. The descriptive statistics resulting from this study are in line with the hypothesis that tonal alignment can indeed be contrastive in falling contour tones.
Index Terms: tone, tonal alignment, contour tones, Shilluk
Bibliographic reference. Remijsen, Bert / Ayoker, Otto Gwado (2014): "Evidence for contrastive tonal alignment in Shilluk", In TAL-2014, 6-9.