Intonational phrase boundaries in Southern Bobo Madaré

Kate Sherwood


Southern Bobo Madaré (Bobo) is a Mande language spoken in southwestern Burkina Faso. This paper presents the first step towards a systematic prosodic analysis of this language. It outlines the phonetic correlates of intonational phrase boundaries in Bobo, focusing on fundamental frequency, final lengthening, and non-modal vowel phonation. It is argued that Bobo has both L and H boundary tones, but that these are optional and needed to describe only a small minority of cases. The phrase-final prosody of questions is also described. The analysis is conducted within the theoretical framework of the Autosegmental-Metrical model. Connections between these findings and those for other tone languages and other languages of West Africa are discussed.


DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-19

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Sherwood, K. (2016) Intonational phrase boundaries in Southern Bobo Madaré. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 89-93.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Sherwood2016,
author={Kate Sherwood},
title={Intonational phrase boundaries in Southern Bobo Madaré},
year=2016,
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},
doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-19},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-19},
pages={89--93}
}