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Title:'Dila Da Zarbe': a visual display of Hausa intonation
Author:Hunter, Linda
Periodical:Études linguistiques
Geographic term:West Africa
Subject:Hausa language
Abstract:Slightly revised version of a paper read at the 9th Conference on African Linguistics, Michigan State University, April 1978, in which the author presents an analysis of certain aspects of Hausa intonation based on instrumental tracings of fundamental frequency. The phonetic aspects of intonation in Hausa have traditionally been described in terms of numbered levels with two steps down from a High to a Low tone, and one step up from Low to High (Abraham 1934). This progressive lowering of tones is known as downdrift, and occurs in a number of languages. Interacting with downdrift, Hausa has other phonetic tonal realisation rules such as lowering of like tones and lowering of High tones after Low tones (Meyers 1974). These aspects are investigated experimentally in this paper. Fig., notes, ref., tab., French sum.