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On prosodic structures in Austroasiatic diachrony: ‘Rhythmic Holism’ revisited in light of preliminary acoustic studies


Ring, Hiram; Anderson, Gregory D S (2018). On prosodic structures in Austroasiatic diachrony: ‘Rhythmic Holism’ revisited in light of preliminary acoustic studies. In: Ring, Hiram; Rau, Felix. Papers from the Seventh International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1-35.

Abstract

This paper revisits claims regarding the division between Mon-Khmer and Munda languages on prosodic grounds (Donegan and Stampe 1983, 2002, 2004; Donegan 1993). Specifically, we attempt to re-evaluate their claims by investigating pitch at the level of the word in three languages from different families within the Austroasiatic phylum. First, we critique Donegan and Stampe’s work, presenting data on Sora and other Munda languages showing a similar prosodic pattern across the whole family that does not conform to claims of a rhythmic holistic shift in prosody to the degree previously suggested. Second, we present a pilot acoustic study of Sora phrasal prosody in comparison with prosodic structures in both Pnar, a language in the Khasian group (the Munda languages’ geographically nearest relatives), and prosody in Lawa, a Palaungic language. We find that Khasian word/phrase prosodic structures are quite similar to those found in many Munda languages, which has interesting implications for our understanding of the development of Austroasiatic languages.

Abstract

This paper revisits claims regarding the division between Mon-Khmer and Munda languages on prosodic grounds (Donegan and Stampe 1983, 2002, 2004; Donegan 1993). Specifically, we attempt to re-evaluate their claims by investigating pitch at the level of the word in three languages from different families within the Austroasiatic phylum. First, we critique Donegan and Stampe’s work, presenting data on Sora and other Munda languages showing a similar prosodic pattern across the whole family that does not conform to claims of a rhythmic holistic shift in prosody to the degree previously suggested. Second, we present a pilot acoustic study of Sora phrasal prosody in comparison with prosodic structures in both Pnar, a language in the Khasian group (the Munda languages’ geographically nearest relatives), and prosody in Lawa, a Palaungic language. We find that Khasian word/phrase prosodic structures are quite similar to those found in many Munda languages, which has interesting implications for our understanding of the development of Austroasiatic languages.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:7 December 2018
Deposited On:28 Dec 2018 07:30
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:58
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10524/52438

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