ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016

Somali as a tone language

David Le Gac

Since Hyman’s seminal paper, Somali has usually been considered to be a tonal/pitch-accent language. Recently, phonologists have cast doubt upon the pertinence of such a prosodic class, arguing that pitch-accent languages do not form a coherent category with distinctive criteria and can be reduced to either stress/accent or tonal languages. This paper outlines a tonal analysis of Somali. It aims at showing that the multiple pitch patterns observed in different classes of words and syntactic contexts find a more accurate account within an approach using tonal features only.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-60

Cite as: Le Gac, D. (2016) Somali as a tone language. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 292-296, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-60

@inproceedings{legac16_speechprosody,
  author={David {Le Gac}},
  title={{Somali as a tone language}},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2016},
  pages={292--296},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-60}
}