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.
8 Summary and conclusion
This thesis reviews the main morphological and phonological phenomena in the nominal domain of Tagbana, a Senufo language of Côte d’Ivoire, that has not been studied in detail so far. The thesis studies a dialect of Tagbana, called Fròʔò, that is representative of the language. 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 realized on the onset of the first syllable. The articulatory features are not necessarily realized on the noun itself, rather they are abstract features signalling the class of the dependent morphemes. If these class features are realized on the nouns at all, then only on the class marker (CM) that is suffixed to the noun and which indicates the class to which the noun belongs.
Chapter 1 introduces the language, its speakers, as well as its geographical and sociological aspects.
Chapter 2 is a review of the segments of the language, the consonants, the glides, and the vowels. It contains not only an inventory of the segments, but also an overview of the features characterizing each of them. A feature geometric representation of the features is proposed, that accounts for natural classes, and that makes predictions about possible assimilation processes in the language. This chapter also contains a short overview of the lexical tones of the language, although this aspect of the language is not studied in...
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