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Tone and Nucleus in Masset Haida
|Ts. " Introduction: There is an easily perceived relation between pitch and syllable structure in all dialects of Haida. In Sections 2, and) I illustrate the relationship for the Masset dialect and note the implications, concluding that certain facts of length follow from pitch rather than vice versa and that pitch is syllable tone. In Section 4 I take up the problem of the precise prosodic unit that is assigned tone. Clements & Keyser (198) in their shunning of rhymes proposed that there exists instead a universal unit called a nucleus. Nuclei come out slightly ahead of rhymes as the units that are assigned tone. In Section 5 I show that Masset high tone is assigned at strata 1-), that strata 2 and) are cyclic (there being no evidence for or against cyclicity for stratum 1), and that predictable low tone is assigned non-cyclically and therefore postlexically. Only low tone on underived heavy syllables is given in underlying representation."|
Enrico, John (author)
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