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The Grammatical Function of Papiamentu Tone

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I propose that tone in Papiamentu is a marker of the morphosyntactic category of a given form. Its primary function, therefore, is grammatical. This account of Papiamentu tone differs from previously proposed accounts, which treat tone in Papiamentu as a lexical property (Römer, 1991; Rivera-Castillo, 1998) or as a purely phonological property (Devonish & Murray, 1995).

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Kouwenberg, S., (2004) “The Grammatical Function of Papiamentu Tone”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 3(2), p.55-69. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.11

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Silvia Kouwenberg (Department of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, University of the West Indies, Jamaica)

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