ERIC Number: ED338066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
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Tone and Accent in the Qafar Noun.
Hayward, R. J.
York Papers in Linguistics, v15 p117-137 Jul 1991
A study of tone and accent in Qafar, a Cushitic language characterized by tonal rather than stress accent, modifies an earlier claim made about the relationship between accent and gender. The newer study makes a proposal that simplifies the account of gender in that this category is seen as determined rather than determining. This further suggests an explanation of how gender is acquired by Qafar speakers. The findings of the first study are outlined, and its conclusions about gender and the more recent findings concerning patterns of tone and accent are combined to make a correlation: if a lexical noun ends in a consonant and/or carries accent, it is masculine; otherwise, it is feminine. Loan words provide confirmation that this correlation is significant. A 13-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Identifiers: Cushitic Languages; Gender (Language); Qafar
Note: In: "Grammatical Phonetics: Studies in Honour of Jack Carnochan" (see FL 019 768).