|Title:||Accentual Adaptation in North Kyungsang Korean|
|Authors:||Michael Kenstowicz, Hyang-Sook Sohn|
|Abstract:||Accentual Adaptation in North Kyungsang Korean
Michael Kenstowicz and Hyang-Sook Sohn
Kyungsang Korean is a pitch accent system in which words contrast for
the location of the pitch peak: káci 'kind', kací 'eggplant', ká:cí
'branch'. This study, based on a corpus of c. 600 items, examines the
accent of foreign word adaptations (principally from English). Our
major finding is that despite the contrastive nature of accent in both
the donor and the recipient languages, the accent is largely predictable
on the basis of principles internal to NK grammar as well as possible
default settings of UG. The paper also considers several segmental
alterations that affect the moraic and syllabic structure (and hence
the accent) including gemination, diphthongs, and epenthetic vowels.
We conclude with discussion of a systematic lexical gap (no noun stems
ending in -t) that is imposed on loanwords (thikét, thikhés-i 'ticket').