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Tone and Accent in Oklahoma Cherokee
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Tone and Accent in Oklahoma Cherokee

Hiroto Uchihara


This book is a study of the tone and accent of Oklahoma Cherokee, which has six possible pitch patterns occurring on a syllable: low, high, low–high, high–low, lowfall, and superhigh. This study attempts to provide a comprehensive description and analyses of these patterns: their distribution, their source, the principles which determine their positions, and the nature of tonal alternations. The tonal and accentual system of Oklahoma Cherokee manifests some typologically outstanding features, such as glottal stop as the historical source for both high and lowfall tones, the coexistence of tona ... More

Keywords: Cherokee, phonology, tone, accent, tonogenesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hiroto Uchihara, author
Assistant Research Professor, Universidad Autónoma de México