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Academic Paper


Title: Shilluk
Author: Bert Remijsen
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Homepage: http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~bert
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Author: Otto G Ayoker
Institution: Shilluk Language Council
Author: Timothy Mills
Institution: Northeastern University
Linguistic Field: Phonetics
Subject Language: Shilluk
Dinka, South Central
Dinka, Northeastern
Dinka, Northwestern
Dinka, Southeastern
Dinka, Southwestern
Abstract: Shilluk is a Western Nilotic language spoken in Southern Sudan. In the study of sound systems, the Western Nilotic languages are of particular interest on account of their rich systems of suprasegmental distinctions. For example, Dinka, another Western Nilotic language, has three levels of vowel length, a voice quality distinction (modal vs. breathy), and - depending on the dialect - three or four distinctive tone patterns (Andersen 1987, Remijsen & Manyang 2009). As we shall see, Shilluk presents a similarly complex system of suprasegmental distinctions.

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This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 41, Issue 1.

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