The Phonology of Chichewa

The Phonology of Chichewa

Author: Laura J. Downing

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191037733

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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This book provides thorough descriptive and theory-neutral coverage of the full range of phonological phenomena of Chichewa, a Malawian Bantu language. Bantu languages have played and continue to play an important role as a source of data illustrating core phonological processes such as vowel harmony, nasal place assimilation, postnasal laryngeal alternations, tonal phenomena such as High tone spread and the OCP, prosodic morphology, and the phonology-syntax interface. Chichewa, in particular, has been a key language in the development of theoretical approaches to these phenomena. In this volume, Laura Downing and Al Mtenje examine not only these well-known features of Chichewa but also less well-studied phonological topics such as positional asymmetries in the distribution of segments, the phonetics of tone, and intonation. They survey important recent theoretical approaches to phonological problems such as focus prosody, reduplication, and vowel harmony, where Chichewa data is routinely referred to in the literature. The book will serve as a resource for all phonologists interested in these processes, regardless of their theoretical background, as well as Bantu scholars and linguists working on interface issues.

The Phonology of Chichewa

The Phonology of Chichewa

Author: Laura J. Downing

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198724742

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 311

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This book provides thorough descriptive and theory-neutral coverage of the full range of phonological phenomena of Chichewa, a Malawian Bantu language. It covers topics such as vowel harmony, nasal place assimilation, postnasal laryngeal alternations, tonal phenomena, prosodic morphology, and the phonology-syntax interface.

The Phonology of Chichewa

The Phonology of Chichewa

Author: Laura J. Downing

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ISBN: 0191792284

Category: FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY

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This book provides thorough descriptive and theory-neutral coverage of the full range of phonological phenomena of Chichewa, a Malawian Bantu language. It covers topics such as vowel harmony, nasal place assimilation, postnasal laryngeal alternations, tonal phenomena, prosodic morphology, and the phonology-syntax interface.

The Phonology-Syntax Connection

The Phonology-Syntax Connection

Author: Sharon Inkelas

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226381013

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 452

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This collection of papers deals with the inter relatedness of syntax and phonology and, more generally, with the issue of interaction among the components of linguistic structure.

Intonation in African Tone Languages

Intonation in African Tone Languages

Author: Laura J. Downing

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110503524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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This volume brings together two under-investigated areas of intonation typology. While tone languages make up to 70 percent of the world’s languages, only few have been explored for intonation. And even though one third of the world’s languages are spoken in Africa, and most sub-Saharan languages are tone languages, recent collections on tone and intonation typology have almost entirely ignored African languages. This book aims to fill this gap.

The Linguistic Typology and Representation of African Languages

The Linguistic Typology and Representation of African Languages

Author: John M. Mugane

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 1592211550

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 350

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For the thirty-third consecutive year, the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) has provided the major forum for the discussion of linguistic data geared towards understanding how African languages are constituted, acquired and used. This volume represents a selection of 25 peer-reviewed papers from the 33rd AWAL held in March 2002 at Ohio University in Athens. The papers cover language acquisition, syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, as well as language use and function in Africa.

The Syntax of Chichewa

The Syntax of Chichewa

Author: Sam Mchombo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521573785

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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This comprehensive book provides a detailed description of the major syntactic structures of Chichewa. Assuming no prior knowledge of current theory, it covers topics such as relative clause and question formation, interactions between tone and syntactic structure, aspects of clause structure such as complementation, and phonetics and phonology. It also provides a detailed account of argument structure, in which the role of verbal suffixation is examined. Sam Mchombo's description is supplemented by observations about how the study of African languages, specifically Bantu languages, has contributed to progress in grammatical theory, including the debates that have raged within linguistic theory about the relationship between syntax and the lexicon, and the contributions of African linguistic structure to the evaluation of competing grammatical theories. Clearly organised and accessible, The Syntax of Chichewa will be an invaluable resource for students interested in linguistic theory and how it can be applied to a specific language.

The Phonetics–Phonology Interface

The Phonetics–Phonology Interface

Author: Joaquín Romero

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027268105

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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This volume is a collection of advanced laboratory phonology research papers concerned with the interaction between the physical and the mental aspects of speech and language. The traditional linguistic theoretic distinction between phonetics and phonology is put to the test here in a series of articles that deal with some of the fundamental issues in the field, from first and second language acquisition to segmental and supra-segmental phenomena in a range of different languages. Unique features of this volume are the development of innovative experimental methodologies, advanced techniques of data analysis, latest-generation equipment for the observation of speech, and their combined critical application to the study of the phonetics-phonology interface. The volume is therefore not only of great interest but of outstanding value and importance to anyone who wishes to be completely apprised of the latest advances in this crucial area of phonological research.

Celebrating 50 years of ACAL

Celebrating 50 years of ACAL

Author: Akinbiyi Akinlabi

Publisher: Language Science Press

ISBN: 9783961103096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 372

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The papers in this volume were presented at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics held at the University of British Columbia in 2019. The contributions span a range of theoretical topics as well as topics in descriptive and applied linguistics. The papers reflect the typological and genetic diversity of languages in Africa and also represent the breadth of the ACAL community, with papers from both students and more senior scholars, based in North America and beyond. They thus provide a snapshot on current research in African linguistics, from multiple perspectives. To mark the 50th anniversary of the conference, the volume editors reminisce, in the introductory chapter, about their memorable ACALs.

Prosody: Theory and Experiment

Prosody: Theory and Experiment

Author: M. Horne

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401594134

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 358

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This volume deals with a wide range of topics including the representation of tones and intonation, evidence for and constraints on prosodic phrasing, prosodic boundary detection, articulatory dynamics of stress, timing in speech, and prosodic correlates of speaking style, as well as the perception of prosodic prominence. The book offers investigators in all areas of speech communication a comprehensive and coherent presentation of contemporary prosodic research.