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Title: Tonologie du ngangela
Subtitle: variété de Menongue (Angola)
Written By: Jacky Maniacky
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 61

Note: This is the second printing of a previously announced book.

Cette étude décrit le ngangela (langue bantu classée K12b par Guthrie) de
Menongue à travers l'analyse de sa tonologie. Il s'agit d'un système tonal
restreint. Deux règles contextuelles font du ngangela une langue à cas
tonals. La segmentation phrastique en thème-rhème permet de définir les
conditions de leur application. L'usage de la phonologie lexicale mène à
une structuration en domaines à l'intérieur desquels s'observent des
restrictions d'expression tonale qui s'appliquent indépendamment de toute
concaténation. Si les nominaux ont en partie conservé des distinctions
tonales, la neutralisation est plus forte avec les racines verbales. Au
niveau post-lexical, d'autres règles interviennent, du pont au sein des
groupes prosodiques aux applications tonales sur les thèmes verbaux.

La réalisation prosodique d'un énoncé s'explique aussi à l'aide de la
théorie de l'optimalité, sur la base d'une trentaine de contraintes
hiérarchisées. L'ensemble des données recueillies et des faits relatés
contribue à une meilleure connaissance de ce type de tonologie, proche de
système accentuel. Le fait que cela porte sur une langue et une région peu
connues ouvre de nouvelles perspectives sur l'ensemble de la zone K des
langues bantu. Quelques premières comparaisons sont proposées, notamment
avec les autres variétés ngangela.

2nd printing.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Nyemba
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895868000
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
Prices: Europe EURO 71.00