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The morphology and phonology of the nominal domain in Tagbana


Yranahan Traoré

The book investigates the morphology and phonology of the nominal domain in Tagbana of the Senufo group of Côte d’Ivoire. The nominal domain is the locus of a phenomenon called ‘alliterative concord’, a special kind of concord expressed by consonantal alliteration. All dependent morphemes of a head noun share articulatory features, which are realized on the onset of the first syllable of each morpheme. In this way, the articulatory features signal the class of the dependent morphemes. This volume also discusses the segment inventory and the syllable structure and describes the complex noun operations in the nominal domain. Distributed Morphology and Optimal Theory form the theoretical background of the empirical facts.

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Preface and Acknowledgement


This book provides a morphological and a phonological analysis of the nominal domain of Fròʔò (Tagbana), an understudied language of Côte d’Ivoire, especially the phenomenon of alliterative concord in the phonology, and derivational and compound processes in morphology. It is the result of a three-year research on the language, and it would not have been realized without the help of many people.

First of all, I am indebted to the person most involved in this work, my supervisor Caroline Féry, for advising me and teaching me numerous issues in linguistics, and for always believing in me. I would like to express to you, dear professor, all my gratitude for the quality of your supervision and advice, when everything seemed so difficult for me. Thank you also for the many hours that you spent in long conversations about the work reported on in this book. You always gave me the strength to go on. Thank you so much for your patience, which makes me what I am today—a better linguist than I was before meeting you. Your academic support helped to take big steps forward in my research. I deeply appreciate working with you.

Further, I would like to thank Beata Moskal, who, in addition to my main supervisor and in spite of her numerous professional and also private tasks, accepted to make corrections and give feedbacks and comments on some aspects of this book and also to supervise my work.

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