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Title: Blackfoot pitch accent : insights from morpho-phonology
Author: Weber, Natalie; Allen, Blake H.
Subject Keywords accent;Algonquian;Blackfoot;linguistics;morphology;phonology;prominence;pitch accent
Issue Date: 2012-04-15
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2012-08-29
Series/Report no. University of British Columbia; LING 532: Field Methods
Abstract: [PAPER]: In an investigation of paradigmatic forms of Blackfoot nominals, we found that nominal roots may be lexically-specified for accent or unaccented. Nominal prefixes accent the first, second, or third syllable of unaccented stems. Deviations from these patterns were because of two phonological constraints: voiceless syllables cannot carry distinctive pitch, and prominence is attracted in some cases to heavy syllables. This paper was written as part of the requirements for the 2011-2012 Field Methods Class at the University of British Columbia. [POSTER]: This poster summarizes our discoveries of prominence in Blackfoot nominals. Nominal roots may be lexically-specified for accent or unaccented. Nominal prefixes accent the first, second, or third syllable of unaccented stems. Voiceless syllables cannot carry distinctive pitch. Prominence is attracted in some cases to heavy syllables. This poster was presented 4 April 2012 at the end of the 2011-2012 Field Methods Class at the University of British Columbia.
Affiliation: Linguistics, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43085
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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