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Title: Tonal Morphology of the Setswana Verb
Edited By: Denis Creissels
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 13
Description:

Like many Bantu languages, Setswana is remarkable for the complexity of its
tonal morphology, particularly in the verb system. This work provides the
first comprehensive study of verb tonology in Setswana, a language of the
Sotho group spoken in Botswana and South Africa. The author, a major
contributor to general and African linguistics, and his two co-authors
develop a domain-based approach to Setswana tonology which is particularly
relevant to recent developments in the theoretical study of tone. It is
shown that most tonal alternations observed in the morphology of the
Setswana verb can be described as expansions or retractions of high tone
domains, but that segmentally and tonally empty syllables must be posited
in underlying representations in order to achieve an optimal account of the
tonal phenomena in question.

After presenting a general introduction of the framework and the language,
Creissels et al. provide separate chapters analyzing the tonology of
individual tenses in the language. The result is a model that can be
profitably applied to the description and explanation of other Bantu
languages where underlying high tones have been clained to contrast with zero.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Tswana
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895861723
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 230
Prices: Europe EURO 72.00