Comparative Data on Accentual Change and Language Contact
As noted at the outset, accent appears quite susceptible to restructuring in a language-contact setting, often even in moderate language contact. Similarly, accentual features often coincide with linguistic areas, cutting across language and language family boundaries. That is the simple thesis of this chapter. I explore that thesis here largely in terms of word-level accent-marked by stress, tone or both-but the discussion will have implications for phraseor sentence-level accent.