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

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Le Gac, D. (2016) Somali as a tone language. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 292-296.

@inproceedings{Le Gac2016,
author={David Le Gac},
title={Somali as a tone language},
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},