Intonation and focus marking in Ulyap Kabardian

Ludger Paschen


This paper presents a pilot study that aims at establishing a model for the intonation of Ulyap Kabardian in the ToBI framework. On the basis of data gathered during a field trip in 2012, it is suggested that four/three pitch accents and three boundary tones are needed to describe intonation in four communicative contexts. Additionally, it is shown that for focus marking in Ulyap Kabardian questions, a stress shifting rule dislocates word stress to a prosodically determined position. This shift rule is extraordinary in that it is insensitive to stress clashes. From a cross-linguistic perspective, the intonation system of Ulyap Kabardian bears a higher resemblance to the system of one of the Kabardian dialects spoken in Turkey than to Russian, the principal contact language.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-146

Cite as: Paschen, L. (2014) Intonation and focus marking in Ulyap Kabardian. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 790-794, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-146.


@inproceedings{Paschen2014,
  author={Ludger Paschen},
  title={{Intonation and focus marking in Ulyap Kabardian}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={790--794},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-146},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-146}
}