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Identifying Pitch Accents in Kurdish

Date Submitted: 11-Feb-2011
From: Aveen Hassan
Subject: Identifying Pitch Accents in Kurdish
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Notice: I work with the intonation of the Northern Kurmanji Dialect of Kurdish, in which fully voiced utterances cannot be formed because they will either be semantically or syntactically ill-formed. I have problems in identifiying the type of pitch accent because of the interruptions in the pitch. There are few studies in the phonetics and phonology of this language and especially the intonation. Has anybody faced this problem? What can be the best way to deal with such a matter?