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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').
Type:Paper/tech report
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