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Saisiyat as a Pitch Accent Language: Evidence from Acoustic Study of Words

Saisiyat as a Pitch Accent Language: Evidence from Acoustic Study of Words Wen-yu Chiang and Fang-mei Chiang graduate institute of linguistics, national taiwan university This paper investigates the acoustic realization of lexical-level accent in Saisiyat, an endangered aboriginal language of Taiwan. Accent in Saisiyat usually falls on the ultimate syllable of content words. This phenomenon has been described in previous studies as either "stress" or "accent." Our measurements and analysis of various prosodic parameters of syllable rhyme (F0 height at onset, offset, peak, and valley, as well as pitch range, duration, slope, peak alignment, and intensity peak) suggest that accent in Saisiyat should be classi²ed as pitch accent, because lexical accent is realized by means of speci²c F0 patterns, rather than duration and intensity. Thus, among three typological categories that have been proposed for languages (lexical tone, lexical stress, and lexical pitch accent), we propose that Saisiyat belongs to the category that has lexical pitch accent. 1. INTRODUCTION.1 This paper investigates the acoustic realization of lexicallevel accent in Saisiyat, an endangered aboriginal language of Taiwan. Based on the results of this study, we propose that Saisiyat should be classi²ed as a pitch accent language. Accent in Saisiyat content words is ²xed on the ²nal syllable, a property that it shares http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Saisiyat as a Pitch Accent Language: Evidence from Acoustic Study of Words

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 44 (2) – Dec 20, 2005

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Wen-yu Chiang and Fang-mei Chiang graduate institute of linguistics, national taiwan university This paper investigates the acoustic realization of lexical-level accent in Saisiyat, an endangered aboriginal language of Taiwan. Accent in Saisiyat usually falls on the ultimate syllable of content words. This phenomenon has been described in previous studies as either "stress" or "accent." Our measurements and analysis of various prosodic parameters of syllable rhyme (F0 height at onset, offset, peak, and valley, as well as pitch range, duration, slope, peak alignment, and intensity peak) suggest that accent in Saisiyat should be classi²ed as pitch accent, because lexical accent is realized by means of speci²c F0 patterns, rather than duration and intensity. Thus, among three typological categories that have been proposed for languages (lexical tone, lexical stress, and lexical pitch accent), we propose that Saisiyat belongs to the category that has lexical pitch accent. 1. INTRODUCTION.1 This paper investigates the acoustic realization of lexicallevel accent in Saisiyat, an endangered aboriginal language of Taiwan. Based on the results of this study, we propose that Saisiyat should be classi²ed as a pitch accent language. Accent in Saisiyat content words is ²xed on the ²nal syllable, a property that it shares

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 20, 2005

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