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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Verbal Tonology of Lumarachi and Lunyala-West: Two dialects of Luluyia (Bantu, J.30, Kenya) Add Dissertation
Author: Michael Marlo Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Michigan, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2007
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Documentation; Morphology; Phonology;
Subject Language(s): Oluluyia
Language Family(ies): Narrow Bantu
Central Narrow Bantu J
Director(s): David Odden
Andries Coetzee

Abstract: This dissertation is a study of the verbal tone patterns of Lumarachi and
Lunyala—two previously undescribed dialects of Luluyia, a Bantu language of
western Kenya and eastern Uganda. On the basis of original data collected
by the author primarily in the field, it describes and analyzes the many
tonal alternations that are triggered in each dialect by tense-aspect
distinctions, as well as the tonal alternations that are triggered by one
or two object prefixes, by the lexical distinction between /H/ and /Ø/
roots (in Lumarachi), by the presence of the causative and passive
suffixes, and by the presence of a word following the verb. It therefore
documents the rich interaction at the phonology-morphology interface
between principles governing the realization of tone in these two dialects,
while providing fundamental linguistic description of two undescribed
dialects of a underdescribed language and contributing generally to the
study of Bantu tonology and phonology.