Word-Prosodic Typology and the Traps of False Similarity: Japanese and Slovene


  • Nina GOLOB University of Ljubljana




prosodic typology, features, pitch-accent languages, Japanese, Slovene


The article briefly describes the historical development of language prosodic typology, introduces the two word-prosodic prototypes proposed by Hyman, and explains the positioning of pitch-accent languages on the lexical level. It points out the false similarity between Japanese and Slovene that was created with the introduction of the feature [±culminative] and proposes to expand it with the feature [±eliminative], which phonetically justifies the difference between pitch-accent systems and the stress-accent prototype.


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Golob, N. (2022). Word-Prosodic Typology and the Traps of False Similarity: Japanese and Slovene. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 12(2), 115–123. https://doi.org/10.4312/ala.12.2.115-123



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