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Title:Lama phonology and morphology
Author(s):Ourso, Meterwa Akayhou
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kisseberth, Charles W.
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:Lama is a Gur language of the Oriental Subgroup spoken in the districts of Keran and Douflegou (Defale) as a native language. It has received little attention in the field of linguistics and particularly within the framework of generative grammar.
This dissertation is a detailed description and analysis of the interaction between phonological rules and morphological rules in Lama.
The dissertation consists of 5 chapters. The first, introductory chapter locates the language in terms of geographical and typological affinities with the other Gur languages of the Central Gur language family. In Chapter 2, we provide a description and an analysis of the sound system. Of particular interest are the sections on consonant alternation and Advanced Tongue Root (ATR) vowel harmony. Chapter 3 considers syllabification rules in the light of CV-phonology. Chapter 4 gives a detailed account of the general tone rules in the language (high tone spread, contour tone simplification, low tone deletion), and concentrates on the tonal rules of noun morphology. Of particular relevance is the interaction between the tones of noun roots and the tones of noun-class suffixes. Chapter 5 is an analysis of the tonal system in the verb morphology. It is shown that while Meeussen's rule applies in the language generally, its application in noun morphology differs from its application in verb morphology. Another important section in Chapter 5 is the section on the interface between phonology and syntax particularly in the perfective aspect.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Ourso, Meterwa Akayhou
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9010974
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9010974

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