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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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Fig. 1: The map of West Africa including Côte d´Ivoire

Fig. 2: Map showing the locality of Fronan, IGT University of Cocody, Abidjan (2008)

The sounds of Fròʔò

Fig. 1: Speech organs (from: Rabiner, L. and Juang, B.H. (1993). Fundamentals of Speech Recognition. Prentice Hall.)

Fig. 2: Feature geometry for consonants

Fig. 3: Feature-geometric tree for the glottal stop [ʔ]

Fig. 4: Feature-geometric tree for [p];

Fig. 5: Feature-geometric tree for coronal [t]; and dorsal [g]

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