In this intro course, we will focus on the typology of prosodic systems with special emphasis on systems which are traditionally described as pitch accent systems (e.g., most dialects of Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Norwegian and Japanese). The course consists of three parts. The first part will focus on the basic concepts, representations and terminological issues in prosody. The second part will be a brief introduction to prototypical stress systems (e.g., English, Italian and Hebrew) and tonal systems (e.g., Chinese, Thai, Yoruba). In the third part we will consider data from pitch-accent systems and dive into the ongoing debate whether there is room for pitch accent systems as a third type (Hyman 2006, 2009). Many properties of pitch accent languages will be illustrated using Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian examples. While the speakers/learners of this language may additionally profit from this course, no knowledge of this or any other language is required.
Literature (beginners’ level introductions in bold):
Goldsmith, J. A., Riggle, J., & Alan, C. L. (Eds.). (2014). The Handbook of Phonological Theory. John Wiley & Sons.
Chapters 5 and 6.
Gordon, M. K. (2016). Phonological typology (Vol. 1). Oxford University Press.
Chapters: 6, 7, 8.
Gussenhoven, C., & Jacobs, H. (2013). Understanding phonology. Routledge.
Chapters: 10, 14, 15, 15.
Hyman, L. M. (2006). Word-prosodic typology. Phonology, 23(2), 225-257.
Hyman, L. M. (2009). How (not) to do phonological typology: The case of pitch-accent. Language Sciences, 31(2-3), 213-238. doi: 10.1016/j.langsci.2008.12.007.
Zsiga, Elizabeth C. 2013. The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell.
Chapters: 15, 16, 17.