The Relevance of Downstep for a Phonetic Component
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 4)
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In this chapter, it will be shown that the study of downstep systems can shed light on the distinction between phonetic and phonological components. Downstep is particularly relevant in this respect because it involves the phonetic interpretation of phonological strings. Consider the following examples from Tiv, in which the phonetic pitch level of gá ‘not’ depends on the preceding tone:
KeywordsPhonological Representation Head Noun Final Lowering Tonal Pattern Contour Tone
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
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