In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...Read more
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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.