OLAC Record

Title:Polar Question Intonation in Kɔnni
Abstract:This is a preliminary study on the phonology of polar (yes/no) question intonation in Konni (Gur, northern Ghana). Polar questions lengthen the final vowel or nasal, which exhibits a falling final pitch of varying characteristics. In "surprise" questions (those expressing surprise at the situation), the entire register is higher than that of the neutral polar question. The falling tone is described in terms of adding extra tonal autosegments, the specifics depending on the tones already present. In some H-final sentences, a LH tone is added. In another set, only a L tone is added, but in the "surprise question" form, LH is added. In statements ending with Low, the pitch is raised and then lowered, showing that a HLH is added. Most polar questions also exhibit a small but consistent "upflip" at the end.
Contributor (author):Cahill, Michael
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/51034
Extent:pp. 90-98
Identifier (URI):http://www.lingref.com/cpp/acal/42/paper2761.pdf
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:Cascadilla Proceedings Project
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):GH
Subject:Konni language
tone; intonation; polar question; Gur; Konni (kma)
Subject (ISO639):kma
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


Archive:  SIL Language and Culture Archives
Description:  http://www.language-archives.org/archive/sil.org
GetRecord:  OAI-PMH request for OLAC format
GetRecord:  Pre-generated XML file

OAI Info

OaiIdentifier:  oai:sil.org:51034
DateStamp:  2013-04-27
GetRecord:  OAI-PMH request for simple DC format

Search Info

Citation: Cahill, Michael. 2010-04-15. Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Terms: area_Africa area_Europe country_GB country_GH dcmi_Text iso639_eng iso639_kma olac_language_description

Inferred Metadata

Country: Ghana
Area: Africa

Up-to-date as of: Mon Jun 15 5:16:47 EDT 2015