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Title:Kabyle Berber Phonology and Morphology: Outstanding Issues (Algeria)
Author(s):Bader, Yousef Farhan
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:This thesis presents a novel account of the most important phonological and morphological processes operating in a Berber language, -Kabyle-, spoken in parts of Algeria. The study is conducted within the framework of the recent theories of syllable structure (with emphasis on the CV and Onset and Rime tiers), autosegmental phonology, and lexical phonology and morphology.
First, the syllable structure of Kabyle is investigated. This language will be seen to have a relatively simple syllable structure, compatible with universal rules. Then, I show that the puzzling problem of the schwa in Kabyle and another Berber dialect can be easily accounted for if a set of syllable-building rules specific to these languages is devised. The syllabification scheme will be also demonstrated to explain the phonological alternations associated with the 'bound' state of the Kabyle noun as well as with some vowel sandhi phemomena. In addition, the problem of syllabification at the word and/or the phrase level and its implications for the linguistic theory will be discussed. Finally, in the domain of phonology, I will show that the distinction made within lexical phonology between lexical and post-lexical rules is able to account for some consonant sandhi phenomena.
In the realm of verbal morphology, two attempts are made. First, the model of autosegmental analysis which allows reference to levels of representation or tiers other than the surface segmental representation of a string (McCarthy, 1979) is made use of in order to explain the Kabyle verbal allomorphy. Second, I attempt to account for the same verbal allomorphs within the framework of Lieber (1980) who argues that the morphological alternations (allomorphs) of a verb must be listed in the lexicon, with relationships among them expressed by means of devices called morpholexical rules. Each analysis will be shown to bear at least one important consequence for the purpose of understanding Kabyle verbal roots and their derivatives.
Issue Date:1984
Description:330 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8422011
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1984

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