An overview of Kabarasi verb tone

An overview of Kabarasi verb tone Abstract: This article presents the results of a study of verbal tone patterns in Kabarasi (lkb), a Kenyan Bantu language of the Luhya (luy) group. Kabarasi tone has a number of features that are common to Bantu languages (Kisseberth & Odden 2003, Downing 2011, Marlo & Odden 2017), including a lexical contrast between /H/ and /∅/ verb roots and a rich system of tonal inflection. Long H spans that extend across several words may be created by a pair of iterative, mutually feeding rules. One of these rules only applies across word boundaries and exhibits look-ahead effects; the other motivates a novel morphophonological domain: the limitative stem . http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Linguistic Society of America

An overview of Kabarasi verb tone

Language, Volume 92 (3) – Sep 9, 2016

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Abstract: This article presents the results of a study of verbal tone patterns in Kabarasi (lkb), a Kenyan Bantu language of the Luhya (luy) group. Kabarasi tone has a number of features that are common to Bantu languages (Kisseberth & Odden 2003, Downing 2011, Marlo & Odden 2017), including a lexical contrast between /H/ and /∅/ verb roots and a rich system of tonal inflection. Long H spans that extend across several words may be created by a pair of iterative, mutually feeding rules. One of these rules only applies across word boundaries and exhibits look-ahead effects; the other motivates a novel morphophonological domain: the limitative stem .

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