Tone and Accent in Oklahoma Cherokee

Hardcover | April 2, 2016

byHiroto Uchihara

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This book examines the tone and accent of Oklahoma Cherokee, in which six possible pitch patterns can occur on a syllable: low, high, low-high, high-low, lowfall, and superhigh. It provides a comprehensive description and analysis of these patterns, examining their distribution, their source,the principles that determine their positions, and the nature of tonal alternations. The tone and accent of Oklahoma Cherokee displays some typologically unusual features, such as the glottal stop as the historical source for both high and lowfall tones, the coexistence of tonal and accentual systems, the existence of multiple accentual systems, and the morphosyntactic use ofaccents. Studies on tones in general have focused mainly on analytical languages or languages with little morphology, but Cherokee is unique in that it is polysynthetic at the same time as tonal. The emergence of tones in Oklahoma Cherokee is recent and its source is easily traceable, but thelanguage has already developed a complex tonal alignment and tonal phonology. Hiroto Uchihara's description of tone and accent in Oklahoma Cherokee will not only contribute to a deeper understanding of the sound system of Cherokee, but will also advance the historical study of Iroquoian languages as a whole, and the typological study of tonal and accentual systems moregenerally.

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This book examines the tone and accent of Oklahoma Cherokee, in which six possible pitch patterns can occur on a syllable: low, high, low-high, high-low, lowfall, and superhigh. It provides a comprehensive description and analysis of these patterns, examining their distribution, their source,the principles that determine their position...

Hiroto Uchihara is Assistant Research Professor in the Instituto de Investigaciones Filologicas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He received his PhD in linguistics from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, in 2013. His research focuses primarily on the phonology and morphology of various Native Americ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198739443

ISBN - 13:9780198739449

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PrefaceList of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Segmental inventory3. Phonotactics and syllable structure4. Overview of the tones and accents5. Lowfall tone6. Tonal phonology of H17. The source of H18. Historical source of H1 alignment9. High tone on the final mora of the stem (H2)10. Floating high tone from pre-pronominal prefixes (H3)11. Superhigh accent12. Typological properties of Cherokee tone and accentAppendix A: On tonicityAppendix B: Summary of phonological process and constraintsReferencesIndex