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Ling Lunch: Ksenia Bogomolets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak 338

Ksenia Bogomolets will be giving a Ling Lunch presentation titled: "How obligatory is culminativity? Arapaho in word-level prosodic typology" The Arapaho language (a Plains Algonquian language of the Algic family) is traditionally claimed to be a pitch-accent language, meaning that prominence is marked exclusively or mainly by modulation of fundamental frequency (Goddard 2001, Salzmann 2003, Cowell 2008). In the talk I will address two questions. Research Question 1: What is Arapaho prosodic system like? Research Question 2: What can it tell us about the typology in general? Contrary to the traditional analysis of this language, I try to show that Arapaho can hardly be called a pitch-accent language. While accent in short vowels is acoustically marked with significantly higher fundamental frequency and higher intensity, accent in long vowels is cued by longer duration. From the phonetic point of view, Arapaho functions more like a stress-accent system that deploys a set of phonetic cues to mark prominence. Phonologically prominence in Arapaho does not function like stress in the traditional interpretation of the term – the system exhibits severe breaches of the principle of culminativity. However, I try to show that accent in Arapaho might function very much like accent in stress systems in that it is a morpho-lexical feature; the accent shifts depending on morphemic, morphological, as well as metrical properties. I will go through possible analyses of the Arapaho prosodic system – tone, pitch-accent, stress and propose that Arapaho should be analyzed as a stress language with a slight modification of the criteria for a stress system.

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Emma Nguyen,, 4434490584

Linguistics Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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