LINGUIST List 9.1730

Sun Dec 6 1998

Books: Avail for review: Phonology, Kpelle Dictionary

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Message 1: Available for Review: Kpelle Dictionary, Phonology

Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 21:06:44 -0500 (EST)
From: Andrew Carnie <>
Subject: Available for Review: Kpelle Dictionary, Phonology

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Kpelle-English Dictionary with English-Kpelle Glossary
Elizabeth Grace Winkler (Indiana University - Bloomington)
IULC Publications. 1997

This dictionary of Kpelle as spoken in Bong County, Liberia was prepared
with the assistance of Clara Jimmy-Samba, a native speaker of the
language. Kpelle is part of the Mande branch of the Western Sudanic
subgroup of the Niger Congo family and is representative of Mande
languages in many ways, including the absence of noun class markers and
the presence of five tonal melodies. As Kplelle is not a written
language, dictionary entries (over 1,100) are given in phonetic
transcription. Also included are comments on the sound system and grammar
of Kpelle.


Ncholas J. Kibre (1997) A Model of Mutation in Welsh. IULC Publications.

In light of recent advances in several areas of Linguistics, Kibre 
examines the phenomenon o finitial consonant mutation in Welsh,
arguing that mutation should be considered part of the phonological
representation of morphemes. Several sets of mixed mutation types are 
accounted for within the framework of Lexical Phonology, particularly
through an appeal to the Elsewhere condition. Several "structural" 
mutations are accounted for in terms of mutation-triggering but segmentally 
empty particles. The analysis concludes with an outline of a mixed model 
incorporating rules into an OT framework which offers advantages over
the traditional generative approach.

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