ERIC Number: ED105724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
On the Phonological Representation of Tone. UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics, No. 27.
Fromkin, Victoria A.
This paper examines the problem of whether tonal representation should be considered segmental or suprasegmental. Woo's hypothesis that tone features are to be specified segmentally is discussed as well as Leben's statement that in some languages tone is suprasegmental. The following are criteria suggested as a basis for tonal representation: where tone is a feature of units larger than a segment, or if contour tones fall on single vowels, the representation should be suprasegmental; where phonotactic constraints refer to both tonal and nontonal constraints, the representation should be segmental. However, it is not yet clear what features are generally needed to represent tone either suprasegmentally or segmentally. Furthermore, there are indications that a viable theory of language will have to take into account varying types of tone languages which require further classification beyond that of requiring segmental or suprasegmental representation. (AM)
Descriptors: Descriptive Linguistics, Distinctive Features (Language), Intonation, Language Patterns, Language Typology, Linguistic Theory, Morphology (Languages), Phonemics, Phonetics, Phonology, Suprasegmentals, Syllables, Tone Languages, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Phonetics Laboratory, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90024 (entire volume, $5.25)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Phonetics Lab.
Note: Paper presented at the Congress of West African Languages (11th, Cameroons, April 1974)