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Chapter 9. Be careful what you throw out: Gemination and tonal feet in Weledeh Dogrib

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dc.contributor.authorJaker, Alessandroen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-19T01:17:58Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-19T01:17:58Z-
dc.date.issued2010-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationJaker, Alessandro. 2010. Be careful what you throw out: Gemination and tonal feet in Weledeh Dogrib. In Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, & Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 203-222. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-8248-3530-9en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/4456-
dc.description.abstractThe Weledeh dialect of Dogrib (Tłįchǫ Yatiì) is spoken by people of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, in and around Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Within the formal framework of Lexical Phonology (Kiparsky 1982), this paper argues for an over-arching generalization in the phonology of Weledeh Dogrib: the constraint NoContour-Ft, which prefers (High-High) and (Low-Low) feet, but militates against (High-Low) and (Low-High) feet. NoContour-Ft is satisfied differently in different morphophonological domains: vowel deletion at the Stem Level, gemination at the Word Level, and High to Mid tone lowering at the Postlexical Level. This analysis requires that consonant length be treated as phonological in Dogrib—that is, consonant length contributes to syllable weight and mora count—even though there are no minimal pairs based on consonant length. Similarly, the distinction between High and Middle tone does not distinguish any lexical items, but is nevertheless important for the prosody of the language. Thus the paper makes a methodological point about the importance of allophonic alternations for phonological theory. Our view of what counts as contrastive or allophonic, however, is to a large extent theory-dependent; therefore, the paper also emphasizes the importance of phonetic measurements when doing fieldwork.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent20 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesLD&C Special Publication 2en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Non-Attribution Share Alike Licenseen_US
dc.subjectWeledeh Dogriben_US
dc.subjectYellowknives Dene First Nationen_US
dc.subjectNorthwest Territoriesen_US
dc.subjectlexical phonologyen_US
dc.subjectconsonant lengthen_US
dc.titleChapter 9. Be careful what you throw out: Gemination and tonal feet in Weledeh Dogriben_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
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