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Title: Strategies for analyzing tone languages
Authors: Coupe, Alexander R.
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Coupe, A. R. (2014). Strategies for analyzing tone languages. Language documentation & conservation, 8, 462-489.
Series/Report no.: Language documentation & conservation
Abstract: This paper outlines a method of auditory and acoustic analysis for determining the tonemes of a language starting from scratch, drawing on the author’s experience of recording and analyzing tone languages of north-east India. The methodology is applied to a preliminary analysis of tone in the Thang dialect of Khiamniungan, a virtually undocumented language of extreme eastern Nagaland and adjacent areas of the Sagaing Division Myanmar (Burma). Following a discussion of strategies for ensuring that data appropriate for tonal analysis will be recorded, the practical demonstration begins with a description of how tone categories can be established according to their syllable type in the preliminary auditory analysis. The paper then uses this data to describe a method of acoustic analysis that ultimately permits the representation of pitch shapes as a function of absolute mean duration. The analysis of grammatical tones, floating tones and tone sandhi are exemplified with Mongsen Ao data, and a description of a perception test demonstrates how this can be used to corroborate the auditory and acoustic analysis of a tone system.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/106898
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/25586
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24614
Rights: Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
Fulltext Permission: open
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