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Title: The Phonology of Endo
Subtitle: A Southern Nilotic Language of Kenya
Written By: Joost Zwarts
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 59

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. (for more information see the LINCOM webshop:

ISBN 3 89586 820 5. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 59. 140pp. EUR 46.00.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
African linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895868205
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 140
Prices: Europe EURO 46.00