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The Tonology of Itoman Okinawan: A Phonological Analysis of the Nominal Tone System

Author:
Takara, Nobutaka
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Linguistics
Degree Supervisor:
Matthew Gordon
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2012
Issued Date:
2012
Topics:
Language, Linguistics
Keywords:
Itoman
Phonology
Ryukyuan
Phonetics
Tonology
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Description:

Itoman, one of the varieties spoken in the southern part of Okinawa Island, exhibits several tone patterns. Although the tone patterns of Itoman were examined in previous studies (Nakasone ms., Hattori 1959, Oshiro 1963, and Hirayama et al. 1966), they ended at the descriptive level, and no phonological accounts for the surface tone patterns were provided. Focusing on the nominal tone patterns, this study provides both phonetic and phonological accounts of the tone patterns of Itoman. To account for the tone patterns both phonetically and phonologically, I collected audio data during three fieldwork trips to Okinawa. Based on the analysis of the data, I found the following tone patterns: (i) falling, (ii) plateau with fall in a ga-form, (iii) plateau, and (iv) concave. In the autosegmental framework, I propose ten rules and their subrules, which systematically explain the four tone patterns of both monomorphemic and polymorphemic nouns.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (276 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f39021pq
ISBN:
9781267294906
Catalog System Number:
990037519280203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Nobutaka Takara
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