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Title: The Phonology of Endo
Subtitle: A Southern Nilotic Language of Kenya
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 59
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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.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
African linguistics
Subject Language(s): Markweeta
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ISBN: 3895868205
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Pages: 140
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