14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Interrogative Patterns in Bulgarian Romani

Evelina Grigorova, Vladimir Filipov

Sofia University “St. Climent Ohridsky”, Bulgaria

The paper presents interrogative intonational patterns of two Bulgarian Romani dialects: Kalderaš and Sofia Erli within an autosegmental framework. Both are representatives of the two main groups of the South-Eastern Romani dialects, namely the Vlach- and the Non-Vlach-dialects. Kalderaš is considered to be influenced by Romanian, the latter claim being partially supported by our intonation data. The investigation results posit questions concerning the nature, i.e. the devision of the intonational tones into ‘starred’ and ‘edge tones’. We have tried to tackle these problems by using examples from our data which give evidence for a more abstract phonological view than suggested in standard autosegmental intonational theory. Sofia Erli has a well established and in some sense simple inventory of phonological tones where the ‘spreading’ of the high ‘phrase accent’ (H-L%) is a main characteristic feature of ‘polite questions’.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grigorova, Evelina / Filipov, Vladimir (1999): "Interrogative patterns in Bulgarian Romani", In ICPhS-14, 1969-1972.