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A Tonal Analysis of Gurung, with Separate Systems for Register and Contour Pitch Features

R. K. Sprigg
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Vol. 60, No. 3 (1997), pp. 448-454
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/619538
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A Tonal Analysis of Gurung, with Separate Systems for Register and Contour Pitch Features
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Abstract

An earlier analysis of Gurung, by Burton-Page in BSOAS, 17/1, 1955, put forward a single system, of two terms, for the word unit in the dialect spoken in Ghandrung: tones 1 and 2; the present analysis of the Gurung of a speaker from the centre of the Gurung area differs from Burton-Page's in that it distinguishes two tone systems: a two-term system (tones 1 and 2) for a difference in pitch register and a further two-term system (tones A and B) for a difference in pitch contour. Support for separating register-pitch and contour-pitch differences comes from three associated features, aspiration, phonation and voice: they apply to the register distinction but not to the contour distinction. Further support comes from comparing this tonal analysis with an identical analysis of a closely related language, Tamang, and also with the two-term system put forward for the word in Tibetan.

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