Welcome to the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 31)! Thank you for joining us.
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This conference was co-organized by the UHM Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and received generous funding from the National Science Foundation, the NFLRC, and the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).
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Friday, May 20 • 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Tone chain shifts in the Laloid and Loloid clusters of Ngwi (Loloish)

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The present study describes tone chain shifts in two Ngwi/Loloish language clusters, Laloid and Loloid. In both clusters, a rising tone becomes lower, and a falling tone becomes higher. This same pattern is seen in non-related languages, which suggests that the pattern may be rooted in articulatory and perceptual constraints.


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Cathryn Yang

Instructor, SIL & Payap University
Hello! My research interests are Ngwi (Loloish) language history and diachronic tone change. If, in a language you speak or research, you have observed a tone's phonetic realization changing in real time or showing generational variation, please let me know!

Friday May 20, 2022 1:40pm - 2:10pm HST
CC 307