Bengali intonational phonology

  title={Bengali intonational phonology},
  author={Bruce P. Hayes and Aditi Lahiri},
  journal={Natural Language \& Linguistic Theory},
This paper proposes a phonological analysis of the Bengali intonational system, using a descriptive framework developed by Pierrehumbert (1980) and others. Our analysis bears on a number of theoretical points. We argue that the Bengali facts support a typology of intonational tones that includes only pitch accents and boundary tones, and that the docking sites for boundary tones are the phrase edges provided under the theory of the Prosodic Hierarchy (Selkirk 1980). We show that Bengali… 

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  • Linguistics
  • 2019
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