Final Lowering in Kipare
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Linguistics
Citation:Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 45 (1995), 36-55.
Data from Kipare, a Bantu language which has both lexical tone and final lowering, were examined to determine the optimal model of final lowering in a tone language. The models evaluated are the register model, in which final lowering is accounted for by manipulating tone categories, and the boundary tone model, in which final lowering is accounted for by a separate tone on the same tier as lexical tones but associated to a higher prosodic position. Aspects of final lowering in Kipare examined in this study include which lexical tone categories show final lowering, whether the lowered tones coincide with tones from another lexical tone category, the locality of the effect, the relation of contrasting utterance types to utterance types showing final lowering, and what the domain of final lowering is.
The bulk of funding for this project was supplied by the Linguistics Department at the Ohio State University. The paper was completed with support from an NSF Graduate Fellowship.
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