Ruruuli/Lunyala is a Great Lakes Bantu language mainly spoken in central Uganda. Canonical word order in Bantu languages is generally S V IO DO with adjuncts following, but both arguments and adjuncts can occur in non-canonical positions. Since many Bantu languages, including Ruruuli/Lunyala, are tone languages, it is profitable to investigate non-pitch-related cues to intonational phrasing in these languages. In particular, penultimate lengthening has been identified as a common feature at intonation phrase boundaries in many Bantu languages. Since our data consists of conversations, it can also be fruitful to investigate phenomena in the vicinity of silent pauses, although these do not stand in a one-to-one relationship with either syntactic or intonation phrase boundaries. We investigate the locations of candidate intonation phrase boundaries in relation to syntactic boundaries. We also investigate the phonetic characteristics (e.g. penultimate lengthening) of our candidate intonation phrases in order to confirm the initial phrasing analysis and compare boundary strength associated with different syntactic boundary types.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody|
|State||Published - 2020|
|Event||10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020 - Tokyo, Japan|
Duration: 25 May 2020 → 28 May 2020
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Volkswagen Foundation Knowledge for Tomorrow Project ‘A comprehensive bilingual talking Luruuli/Lunyara-English dictionary with a descriptive basic grammar for language revitalisation and enhancement of mothertongue based education’ (PI: Dr. Saudah Namyalo).
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