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LINGUIST List 17.3401

Mon Nov 20 2006

Books: Phonology: McHugh

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Cyclicity in the Phrasal Phonology of KiVunjo Chaga: McHugh


Message 1: Cyclicity in the Phrasal Phonology of KiVunjo Chaga: McHugh
Date: 13-Nov-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Cyclicity in the Phrasal Phonology of KiVunjo Chaga: McHugh


Title: Cyclicity in the Phrasal Phonology of KiVunjo Chaga
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 03
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Brian McHugh
Loose Leaf: ISBN: 3895860425 Pages: 240 Price: Europe EURO 78.00
Abstract:

This work is a pre-OT study of cyclicity and suprasegmentals in the phrasal
(postlexical) phonology of KiVunjo Chaga, a Bantu language of Tanzania. In
it, my primary aim is to lend support to Prosodic Hierarchy theory, with
one controversial modification: cyclic application of phrasing- sensitive
rules. My empirical base consists of the elaborate KiVunjo Chaga tone
sandhi paradigm, which reflects not only a full range of lexical tone
contrasts ("etymological tone", in Bantuist parlance), but also a variable,
metrically assigned accent that attracts phrase-final boundary tone
features, with the result that the underlying tonal inventory of high and
low is enriched to include superhigh, downstepped high, and downstepped
superhigh tones.

In addition, an across-the-board, phrase-level tone shift contributes to
the complexity of this paradigm (and to the argument for cyclicity) by
introducing contour tones in domain-final position. In analyzing the
mechanics of phrasal tone-accent rules in KiVunjo Chaga, the author also
argues for (a) underspecification of tone features and (b) a hierarchical
representation of tone and accent as daughters of a single suprasegmental
root tier, which serves the dual function of providing tone-bearing units
and bottom-line grid marks for accent and stress.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Vunjo (vun)

Written In: English (eng )

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