Prosody as a means to express Tense in the Kaingang language

Abstract

This study describes a prosodic process used in the Brazilian Indigenous language Kaingang (Je family, Macro-Je stock), to distinguish tense in a specific verb class ended by consonantal segments. Pitch distinguishes past and future tenses in that verb class, in both declarative and in interrogative sentences. A psycholinguistic experiment and acoustic… (More)

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