Tag questions

Tag questions are tonally marked by the main verb of tag articulated with an expanded register, followed by a bitonal boundary tone (L+H)%.

Another speaker, CV, differed from Speaker J in terms of the final boundary tones used. Instead of f0 increasing uninterrupted to highest point in the speaker's pitch range, f0 dropped after the H% boundary.

If this example is best characterized as a "tritonal" boundary tone
(LHL%), then it is the only one of its kind observed in the data collected.

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Last Updated: 12/03/97

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