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Diane Brentari and Jackson L. Lee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226562452

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226562599.001.0001

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Tonal Melodies in the Logoori Verb

Tonal Melodies in the Logoori Verb

(p.70) Four Tonal Melodies in the Logoori Verb
Shaping Phonology

David Oden

University of Chicago Press

The phenomenon of tone pattern alternations, operating independent of segmental particulars and function as an exponent of grammatical inflection, has provided one of the most powerful arguments for the theory of Autosegmental Phonology. Such grammatical tone-marking systems are especially pervasive in the Bantu languages. This paper investigates the nature of such tone alternations related to verbal inflection in the Bantu language Logoori, which has a highly-ramified system of tone melodies. An important finding of this investigation is that representational content alone does not suffice in explaining these patterns, and the notion of a ‘melodic pattern’ must be understood in part by the algorithmic specifics that manipulate tones in particular inflectional contexts.

Keywords:   tone, inflection, autosegmental phonology, Bantu, representations, melodic pattern

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