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ERIC Number: ED309630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Wolof Syllable Structure: Evidence from a Secret Code.
Ka, Omar
A structural analysis provides new evidence concerning the internal structure of the syllable in Wolof, a West African language, through examination of the secret code called Kall, spoken mainly in Senegal's Ceneba area. It is proposed that Kall is better described as involving primarily a reduplication of the prosodic word. The first section examines Wolof syllable structure, detailing the surface syllable types, the representation of complex segments, and the syllabification principles of the language. The second section describes the different types of Kall and the phonological and morphological processes taking place. It also provides a prosodic analysis of the secret code, stressing the role of the syllable and the phonological word. The importance of secret code varieties in confirming the internal structure of the syllable in Wolof is shown. In particular, independently phonological rules (such as schwa insertion, glottal stop insertion and degemination) are shown to operate in the building or rebuilding of syllables of the secret code. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Senegal
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A