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Title: Stress, tone and discourse prominence in the Curaçao dialect of Papiamentu
Author: Bert Remijsen
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Homepage: http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~bert
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Author: Vincent J. van Heuven
Institution: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT)
Linguistic Field: Phonetics; Phonology
Subject Language: Papiamento
Abstract: This paper investigates the word-prosodic system of the Curaçao dialect of Papiamentu. Curaçao Papiamentu has both lexically distinctive stress and, independently, a word-level tone contrast. On the basis of a detailed acoustic investigation of this tonal contrast, we propose a privative phonological interpretation of the tone contrast, similar to proposals for the Scandinavian word-accent systems (Riad 1998, to appear). As compared to previous treatments of Curaçao Papiamentu word prosody, our hypothesis makes crucial reference to intonation and to tonal underspecification. We also investigate the realisation of primary and secondary stress in Curaçao Papiamentu.

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