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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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Yranahan Traoré started his university education at the University Félix Houphouët Boigny of Abidjan in Côte d´Ivoire, where he did a master’s degree and a D.E.A. ‘Diplôme d´Etudes Approfondies’ in Linguistics. In 2015, he started a doctoral research position in the Research Training Group “Nominal Modification” at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, where he did a PhD in Linguistics in 2018. His main interest in the field of Linguistics lies in the interaction between phonology and morphology both from an empirical and a theoretical point of view in understudied languages.

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