de Paula (2016): The Sound System of Misiones Mbya

The Sound System of Misiones Mbya
Matias de Paula

April 2016
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Misiones Mbya is an indigenous language of South America spoken by the Mbya people in the Province of Misiones, Argentina. Although there are several studies in the literature about the Brazilian variety of this language, the linguistic information available about Misiones Mbya is extremely scarce. In this thesis I present a segmental analysis of the language (individual vowels and consonants) and a prosodic analysis of nasal harmony based on field data collected in three different communities in Misiones. The segmental analysis shows that this variety is very similar to the Brazilian variety of the language with only a few exceptions. The prosodic analysis of nasal harmony indicates that nasality fades with distance. It is also shown that some methods for carrying out acoustic analysis of nasality can yield results which can be confounded with stress.

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Published in: West Virginia University
keywords: mbya, mbyá, misiones mbya, guarani, guaraní, tupi-guarani, nasal harmony, nasal harmony fading, segmental description, argentinean native languages, phonology