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Tonal processes in the setswana verb

Monich, I (2014) Tonal processes in the setswana verb Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 35 (2). pp. 141-204.

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© 2014 by De Gruyter Mouton 2014.The present article offers an account of how tonal contours of individual verbal forms are generated in Setswana. Its main proposal is that verbal forms have complex structure with internal boundaries that are relevant to tonal processes. The framework of the account, Distributed Morphology (DM), distinguishes between word-building operations that take place in Syntax, in Morphology, and in Phonology, and it is argued that constituency created in the course of these operations is reflected in the tonal melody of individual forms. The present analysis accounts for tonal contours of all forms that posed difficulty under previous treatments while presenting a number of significant theoretical advantages. Most importantly, it offers an insight into Setswana clause structure and defines in precise terms the role that tone plays in making morphosyntactic and prosodic structures phonologically explicit.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
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Date : 1 January 2014
DOI : 10.1515/jall-2014-0006
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:34
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 14:58

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