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      Question Word Intonation in Tashlhiyt Berber: Is ‘high’ good enough?

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          The present study investigates the intonational marking of question words (qwords) in Tashlhiyt Berber. The first part of the study identifies a number of possible prosodic patterns on qwords as employed in conversational contexts. When they occur in a direct interrogative, qwords are marked with a rise in pitch towards a H(igh) target and a subsequent fall. By contrast, when the qword is embedded, no tonal targets occur on it. The second part consists of a detailed investigation of the alignment and scaling of qwords in utterance-initial position and in narrow focus. While the H target is consistently present somewhere on the qword, neither a local F0 maximum nor a high plateau region is characterized by stable alignment with any specific position in the segmental string. Scaling of the starting point (%L) and endpoint (H) of the rise characteristic of the qword exhibited a dependency on alignment: The rise is somewhat truncated if the peak is aligned early in the word. This study’s results shed more light on the intonation system of Tashlhiyt and support earlier findings suggesting that tonal placement in this language is prone to a typologically unusual degree of variability.

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                Journal
                1868-6354
                Laboratory Phonology
                Ubiquity Press
                1868-6354
                23 March 2017
                : 8
                : 1
                Affiliations
                I fL Phonetik, University of Cologne, DE
                Article
                10.5334/labphon.79
                Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)

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