ERIC Number: ED443280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Ikalanga Phonetics and Phonology: A Synchronic and Diachronic Study. Stanford Monographs in African Languages.
Mathangwane, Joyce T.
This book is the first comprehensive study of the sound system of Ikalanga, a Bantu language of the Shona group, and its distribution in the phonology. Using both phonetic factors and typological evidence from other languages of the world, Bantu as well as non-Bantu, the book provides a careful and elaborate study on different phonological processes such as high vowel frication (spirantization), palatalization, velarization, aspiration, and depressor consonants and tones, all of which are of great interest to linguists in general. It further considers how these different processes produced certain sound changes diachronically, some of which are still manifested as active morphophonemic alternations in this language today. These morphophonemic alternations are found in such morphological processes and diminutive formation, causativization, and passivization. Its inclusion of three appendices on reflexes of Proto-Bantu, verb paradigms, and a Ikalanga-English lexicon respectively makes it a very useful source of information for comparative Bantuists. Chapter titles include: "Segment Inventory, Phonotactics, and Selected Aspects of Morphology"; "Effects of Close Vowels"; "Palatalization"; "Velarization"; "Aspiration and Its Effects"; and "Depressor Consonants and Tone." (KFT)
Descriptors: Bantu Languages, Descriptive Linguistics, Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Morphology (Languages), Phonetics, Phonology, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Shona, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Center for the Study of Language and Information.
Identifiers - Location: Botswana; Zimbabwe