The Phonology of Chichewa by Laura J. DowningThe Phonology of Chichewa by Laura J. Downing

The Phonology of Chichewa

byLaura J. Downing, Al Mtenje

Hardcover | July 15, 2017

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This book provides thorough descriptive and theory-neutral coverage of the full range of phonological phenomena of Chichewa, a Malawian Bantu language. Bantu languages have played and continue to play an important role as a source of data illustrating core phonological processes such as vowelharmony, nasal place assimilation, postnasal laryngeal alternations, tonal phenomena such as High tone spread and the OCP, prosodic morphology, and the phonology-syntax interface. Chichewa, in particular, has been a key language in the development of theoretical approaches to these phenomena. Inthis volume, Laura Downing and Al Mtenje examine not only these well-known features of Chichewa but also less well-studied phonological topics such as positional asymmetries in the distribution of segments, the phonetics of tone, and intonation. They survey important recent theoretical approaches tophonological problems such as focus prosody, reduplication, and vowel harmony, where Chichewa data is routinely referred to in the literature. The book will serve as a resource for all phonologists interested in these processes, regardless of their theoretical background, as well as Bantu scholars and linguists working on interface issues.
Laura J. Downing is Professor of African Languages at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her research interests are in the phonology, prosodic morphology, and phonology-syntax-focus interface in Bantu languages, and she travels regularly to Malawi for fieldwork on two Malawian Bantu languages, Chichewa and CiTumbuka. Her work has been publ...
Title:The Phonology of ChichewaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:July 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198724748

ISBN - 13:9780198724742

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Grammatical sketch3. Segmental phonology: Consonants4. Segmental phonology: Vowels5. Syllable structure6. Tonal phonology: Lexical tone patterns7. Grammatical tone patterns of affirmative main clause verbs8. Grammatical tone patterns of negative and relative verbs9. Prosodic morphology10. Phrasal phonology11. Intonation