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Dissertation Information

Title: Tone and Accent in Oklahoma Cherokee Add Dissertation
Author: Hiroto Uchihara Update Dissertation
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Institution: University at Buffalo, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2013
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Documentation; Phonology;
Subject Language(s): Cherokee
Language Family(ies): Iroquoian
Director(s): Karin Michelson
Jeri Jaeger
Jeff Good

Abstract: This dissertation is a study of the tonal and accentual system of Oklahoma
Cherokee, which has six possible pitch patterns occurring on a syllable:
low, high, low-high, high-low, lowfall and superhigh. This study attempts
to provide a comprehensive description and analyses of these patterns:
their distribution, their source, the principles which determine their
positions, and the nature of tonal alternations. The tonal and accentual
system of Oklahoma Cherokee manifests some typologically outstanding
features, such as glottal stop as the historical source for both high and
lowfall tones, coexistence of both rightward and leftward spreading of a
tone, coexistence of tonal and accentual systems, existence of multiple
accentual systems, and morphosyntactic use of accents. 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. Emergence of tones in Oklahoma Cherokee is recent
and its source is easily traceable, but it has already developed a complex
tonal alignment and tonal phonology. Description of the tonal and accentual
system of Oklahoma Cherokee will contribute to the deeper understanding of
not only the sound system of Cherokee, but also of the historical study of
Iroquoian in general, and to the typological study of tonal and accentual
systems more generally.