ERIC Number: ED102809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Ordered Rules and the Morphophonemics of the N-Class in Swahili. York Papers in Linguistics, No. 2.
This article argues for a set of ordered rules for morphophonemic alternations in the N-class in Swahili, positing /n/ as the class prefix and an abstract segment as stem initial in certain words. The rules are: (1) liquids and the labial glide become corresponding voiced stops; (2) the nasal prefix assimilates in coronality and backness, and becomes syllabic in monosyllables; (3) nonsyllabic nasals are deleted before nasals and voiceless consonants; and (4) a glide (/y/) is inserted before the nasal prefix and a vowel. Arguments are presented bearing on the appropriate use of historical evidence for synchronic analyses and on the constraints on abstraction in the grammar. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ. (England). Language Teaching Centre.