Ayla Applebaum & Matthew Gordon
UC Santa Barbara

ID 1279
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This paper reports on intonational characteristics of the Northwest Caucasian language Kabardian as spoken by the diaspora community of Turkey. As the first instrumental study of intonation in a Northwest Caucasian language, the current research expands our typological database on intonation systems. Drawing on a combination of conversational and elicited data, several findings emerged. Both statements and most question types, including yes/no and wh-questions, are associated with falling intonation. Terminal rises are found in certain questions and non-final items in a list. H* pitch accents occur in both statements and questions, while H* on an NP in questions is followed by a HL fall.

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