The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
May 13-16, 2014

Japanese Pitch Accent in a Typological Perspective

Haruo Kubozono

Department of Linguistic Theory and Structure, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan

Standard Tokyo Japanese has a rich pitch-accent system where multiple pitch patterns are differentiated from each other in terms of the presence/absence of an abrupt pitch fall as well as its position. However, this is only one type of system among the variety of pitch-accent systems found in the language. This paper looks at these pitch-accent systems from typological viewpoints, through a comparison of the standard variety with some regional dialects that show radically different features.

Index Terms: pitch accent, Japanese dialects, distinctive feature, mora, question prosody

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Bibliographic reference.  Kubozono, Haruo (2014): "Japanese pitch accent in a typological perspective", In TAL-2014, 195-198.