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Title: Phonetics and phonology of Cuzco Quechua declarative intonation: An instrumental analysis
Author: Erin O'Rourke
Institution: University of Alabama
Linguistic Field: Phonetics; Phonology
Subject Language: Quechua, Cusco
Abstract: This paper offers an analysis of Cuzco Quechua intonation using experimental techniques to examine one of the acoustic cues of pitch, the fundamental frequency or F0. While previous descriptions in the literature are based on auditory impression, in the present study recordings were made of read declaratives produced by native Quechua speakers in Cuzco, Peru. This paper provides an initial characterization of high and low tones with respect to the stressed syllable, as well as information regarding the height and alignment of these tones. In addition, the intonational marking of intermediate phrases within an utterance is discussed. Research on Quechua intonation can be used to begin to address several issues regarding the intonation of languages in contact, as well as to provide data for a future cross-linguistic analysis of indigenous language intonation features.

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This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 39, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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