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      Some notes on Tagalog prosody and scrambling

      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics

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          This paper outlines some facts of Tagalog prosody. The basic pitch excursions of Tagalog turn out to be remarkably similar to those of Irish, as described by Elfner (2012; 2015). After discussing in some detail the properties of Tagalog pitch rises and falls, and their sensitivity to the position of stress and of prosodic word boundaries, I make an observation about the interaction of word order with pitch peak height. It turns out that objects are generally higher-pitched than subjects would be in the same position, both in VOS and in VSO order; interestingly, this generalization is blind to the “Philippine-style voice” system, and makes reference only to thematic subjects and objects. I speculate that this generalization represents the Tagalog expression of nuclear stress: objects, no matter where they are in the Tagalog sentence, receive nuclear stress, realized as a heightened pitch peak.<span>This article is part of Special Collection: <a href="/collections/special/prosody-and-constituent-structure/">Prosody and Constituent Structure</a></span>

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          Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
          Glossa
          2397-1835
          January 20 2017
          March 24 2017
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          : 1
          : 21
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          10.5334/gjgl.252
          c0272bea-45a0-426f-be25-c22b0e198367
          © 2017
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