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Brunelle, Marc, Kirby, James, Michaud, Alexis and Watkins, Justin (2020) 'Mainland Southeast Asia.' In: Gussenhoven, Carlos and Chen, Aoju, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Handbooks)

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The languages of Mainland South East Asia belong to five language phyla, yet they are often claimed to constitute a linguistic area. This chapter’s primary goal is to illustrate the areal features found in their prosodic systems while emphasizing their understated diversity. The first part of the chapter addresses the typology of word-level prosody. It describes common word shapes and stress patterns in the region, discusses tone inventories, and argues that beyond pitch, properties such as phonation and duration frequently play a role in patterns of tonal contrasts. The chapter next shows that complex tone alternations, although not typical, are attested in the area. The following section reviews evidence about prosodic phrasing in the area, discusses the substantial body of knowledge about intonation, and reconsiders the question of intonation in languages with complex tone paradigms and pervasive final particles. The chapter concludes with strategies for marking information structure and focus.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Mainland South East Asia, word-level prosody, tone inventories, phonation, duration, complex tone alternations, information structure, prosodic phrasing
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISBN: 9780198832232
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2017 15:26

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