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LINGUIST List 16.1973

Mon Jun 27 2005

Books: Phonology, Jita, Bantu: Downing

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Tonal Phonology of Jita: Downing


Message 1: The Tonal Phonology of Jita: Downing
Date: 27-Jun-2005
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Tonal Phonology of Jita: Downing


Title: The Tonal Phonology of Jita
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 0
Published: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                www.lincom.at

Author: Laura J. Downing, Research Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals
Editor: Francis X. Katamba, Lancaster University
Paperback: ISBN: 3895860328 Pages: 240 Price: Europe EURO 74
Abstract:

This study presents a detailed analysis of the tone system of Jita, an
Lacustrine Bantu language spoken in Tanzania, and also motivates a theory
of the interaction of tone and accent in Bantu. The tone patterns of verbs,
nouns and noun-modifier phrases are analyzed, and it is shown that much of
the Jita tone system may be accounted for by non-metrical rules, i.e.,
rules which refer to the tonal properties only of immediately adjacent
syllables. However, some tone patterns in Jita are derived from
long-distance tone spread and (re)association rules. It is argued that
these long-distance tone processes provide evidence for the interaction of
tone and metrical prominence in Jita, since metrical structure is the only
phonological device which allows long distance operations to be formulated
so as to respect Locality.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Jita (JIT)
Language Family(ies): Bantu

Written In: English (ENG )

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