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LINGUIST List 22.4763

Tue Nov 29 2011

Qs: Noun root melodies associating to whole words

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        1.     Dave Roberts , Noun root melodies associating to whole words

Message 1: Noun root melodies associating to whole words
Date: 29-Nov-2011
From: Dave Roberts <rbrdvdgmail.com>
Subject: Noun root melodies associating to whole words
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In Kabiye (Gur, Togo), I analyse noun class suffixes as being toneless.
The suffix receives its tone as the noun root melody associates to the
whole word.

From discussions with several colleagues, I understand that this is a fairly
widespread phenomenon in African, Amazonian and Asian tonal
languages, but I am interested in published references supporting this.
Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance,
Dave Roberts

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

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