Prosody and Language Contact: An Experimental Investigation of Interrogative Strategies in Navarro-Labourdin Basque

Maia Duguine, Aritz Irurtzun


We report the outcome of a production experiment addressing the intonation of different interrogative strategies in Navarro-Labourdin Basque (a variety spoken in France that has received no attention in the intonational literature do far). We study wh-movement, wh-in-situ and polar questions and show that the final raise associated to wh-in-situ and polar questions is very similar, which gives support to the hypothesis that in certain languages a single intonational Q-morpheme may underlie both types of constructions (Cheng & Rooryck 2000). Following Duguine & Irurtzun (2014) we suggest that this property of Navarro-Labourdin Basque may derive from its close contact with French, a language with similar interrogative properties.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-151

Cite as: Duguine, M., Irurtzun, A. (2020) Prosody and Language Contact: An Experimental Investigation of Interrogative Strategies in Navarro-Labourdin Basque. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 740-743, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-151.


@inproceedings{Duguine2020,
  author={Maia Duguine and Aritz Irurtzun},
  title={{Prosody and Language Contact: An Experimental Investigation of Interrogative Strategies in Navarro-Labourdin Basque}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={740--743},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-151},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-151}
}