LINGUIST List 16.270

Thu Jan 27 2005

Books: Historical Linguistics/Phonology, Erzya: Estill

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        1.    Toni Suutari, Diachronic Change in Erzya Word Stress: Estill



Message 1: Diachronic Change in Erzya Word Stress: Estill

Date: 25-Jan-2005
From: Toni Suutari <toni.suutarihelsinki.fi>
Subject: Diachronic Change in Erzya Word Stress: Estill


Title: Diachronic Change in Erzya Word Stress 
 Series Title: Mémoires de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 246  
 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Finno-Ugrian Society
     http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/sus/
 
 
 Book URL: http://www.sgr.fi/sust/sust246.html
 
 Author: Dennis Estill
 
 Paperback: ISBN: 9525150801 Pages: 249 Price: Europe EURO 25
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 Mordvin is a Finno-Ugrian language pair that is considered to be more
 closely related to the Saami and Finnic groups than any other language.
 Nevertheless, Erzya-Mordvin has word stress that does not conform to any
 previously described system, and which cannot be categorised as either
 fixed or free stress in the conventional meanings of these terms. No
 comprehensive diachronic description of Erzya word stress has yet been
 published. In investigating word stress in Erzya the historical analysis
 in this study has been based on documentary evidence extant from the late
 18th century, specifically the Damaskin Dictionaries commissioned for
 Catherine the Great and ashort catechism, both of which documents are
 marked for word stress, and the modern state of word stress has been
 determined using auditory and acoustic methods. For the present day
 analyses modern material was supplemented, for comparison purposes, with
 extracts from the Damaskin Dictionaries and the Short Catechism. For the
 interim period reference has been made to the work of Heikki Paasonen,
 collected approximately 100 years ago. The results have shown that (1)
 word stress in Erzya was and is based on the speaker's individual
 preferences, (2) speakers generally prefer to stress the initial syllable
 today whereas 200 years ago the second syllable was usually stressed, (3)
 Moksha has probably undergone a similar development, (4) Mordvin cannot be
 convincingly used to support theories of initial stress in Proto- Finno-
 Ugrian, and (5) in modern Erzya, contrary to what is generally considered
 of most other languages, it is intensity when combined with duration
 rather than fundamental frequency that seems to be the main acoustic
 parameter of word stress.
 
 Volumes for sale at Tiedekirja (http://www.tsv.fi/engl/bookstor.html
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                      Phonology
 
 Subject Language(s): Erzya (MYV)
 
 
 Written In: English  (ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=13171

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