Delafosse (1900:15-18) remarked more than one hundred twenty years ago that Anyi was not a full-fledged tone language like Yoruba, nor was it an accent language like English or French. Quaireau (1978:217-8) came to the same conclusion regarding the suprasegmental status of Anyi. I concur with them that Anyi is hard to classify suprasegmentally because it straddles the three prosodic types into which world languages are currently classified, namely: tone languages, pitch-accent languages, and accent languages. Six parameters are used to shed some light on why Anyi defies prosodic typologies.
"THE CHINKS IN THE PROSODIC CLASSIFICATION OF LANGUAGES: WHAT KIND OF A TONE LANGUAGE IS ANYI?,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 11, Article 5.
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