It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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The Phonology of Endo A Southern Nilotic Language of Kenya Joost Zwarts Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS
Endo is a southern Nilotic (Kalenjin) language spoken in the west of Kenya by about 50,000 people that has not been previously described in the literature. In this book the segmental phonology of Endo is covered in great detail, based on the personal field work of the author. After an overview of the consonant and vowel inventories the structure of syllables is described. There are chapters on phonological processes involving consonants and processes involving vowels. Special attention is paid to the vowel harmony phenomena in this language and there is a chapter on some aspects of the tonal system. An appendix gives an extensive overview of the rich morphology of Endo. The book is relevant for linguists and anthropologists interested in African languages as well as for phonologists and morphologists interested in sound processes and word structure phenomena. The description is theory-independent, which guarantees a wide and long-term accessibility to the unique features of this language.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Tables List of Symbols and Abbreviations 1 Introduction 2 Consonant inventory 2.1 Consonant phonemes 2.2 Consonant realizations 3 Vowel inventory 3.1 Vowel phonemes 3.2 Tongue root position 3.3 Vowel length 3.4 Vowel quality 3.4.1 The status of the short -ATR e 3.4.2 The reduction of -ATR short vowels 3.4.3 The reduction of +ATR short vowels 3.4.4 The reduction of the high vowels i and u 4 Syllable structure 4.1 The core syllable 4.1.1 The onset 4.1.2 The coda 4.2 Outside the syllable 4.3 Syllable sequences 4.3.1 Syllable junctures 4.3.2 Reduplication 4.3.3 Vowel combinations 4.3.4 Roots that are longer than two syllables 5 Processes involving consonants 5.1 Assimilation 5.1.1 Manner assimilation 5.1.2 Place assimilation 5.2 Weakening .....(For the entire abstract, please see the LINCOM webshop: lincom.at)
ISBN 3 89586 820 5. 140pp. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 59. EUR 46.00. 2004.