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Title: The Tonal Phonology of Jita
Written By: Laura J. Downing
Edited By: Francis Katamba
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 0
Description:

This study presents a detailed analysis of the tone system of Jita, an
Lacustrine Bantu language spoken in Tanzania, and also motivates a theory
of the interaction of tone and accent in Bantu. The tone patterns of verbs,
nouns and noun-modifier phrases are analyzed, and it is shown that much of
the Jita tone system may be accounted for by non-metrical rules, i.e.,
rules which refer to the tonal properties only of immediately adjacent
syllables. However, some tone patterns in Jita are derived from
long-distance tone spread and (re)association rules. It is argued that
these long-distance tone processes provide evidence for the interaction of
tone and metrical prominence in Jita, since metrical structure is the only
phonological device which allows long distance operations to be formulated
so as to respect Locality.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Jita
Language Family(ies): Central Bantu
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895860328
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
Prices: Europe EURO 74