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Title:Strategies for analyzing tone languages
Bibliographic Citation:Coupe, Alexander R.; 2014-12; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24614.
Creator:Coupe, Alexander R.
Date (W3CDTF):2014-12
Description:This paper outlines a method of auditory and acoustic analysis for determining the tonemes of a language starting from scratch, drawing on the author’s experience of recording and analyzing tone languages of north-east India. The methodology is applied to a preliminary analysis of tone in the Thang dialect of Khiamniungan, a virtually undocumented language of extreme eastern Nagaland and adjacent areas of the Sagaing Division Myanmar (Burma). Following a discussion of strategies for ensuring that data appropriate for tonal analysis will be recorded, the practical demonstration begins with a description of how tone categories can be established according to their syllable type in the preliminary auditory analysis. The paper then uses this data to describe a method of acoustic analysis that ultimately permits the representation of pitch shapes as a function of absolute mean duration. The analysis of grammatical tones, floating tones and tone sandhi are exemplified with Mongsen Ao data, and a description of a perception test demonstrates how this can be used to corroborate the auditory and acoustic analysis of a tone system. *This paper is in the series How to Study a Tone Language, edited by Steven Bird and Larry Hyman
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Identifier:Coupe, Alexander R. 2014. Strategies for analyzing tone languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 8: 462—489
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24614
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
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Citation: Coupe, Alexander R. 2014. University of Hawai'i Press.

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