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Pausing As A Prosodic Correlate Of Speech Units In St’át’imcets (Lillooet Salish)

Marion Caldecott, Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, Kyra Fortier, Karsten Koch, Janet Leonard, John Lyon

Abstract


The reliability of pausing as a correlate to prosodic, syntactic and discourse units has been debated in commonly-studied languages.  The question explored in this study is what role (syntactic, prosodic, narrative) does pausing play in one St’át’imcets narrative. Results suggest that pausing is a correlate to discourse and prosodic units rather than syntactic ones.

Keywords


phonetics; indigenous languages;prosody

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