Hommage an Georg Heike
Bamidele Rotimi Badejo: A phonetic investigation of syntactically-triggered tonal simplification in Yoruba.
175 A phonetic investigation of syntactically-triggered tonal simplification in Yoruba. Bamidele Rotimi Badejo, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria 1 Preamble When I was approached if I would be willing to contribute to another Festschrift in honour of Georg Heike, I spontaneously responded in the affirmative, con- vinced that I could not afford to miss a second chance of joining hands with as- sociates to honour a man, who ‘ordinarily, would not only avoid to hurt a fly, but would rather go out of his way to create an ambiance for the fly to thrive’. This imagery sums up my encounter with the erstwhile Director of the renowned Institut Phonetik, Universität zu Köln, where I spent a part of my very produc- tive years as a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Foundation scholarship and to where I have returned several times to the warm embrace of a “family” that exhibits the Heikean tradition of tolerance, mutual respect and gentility. My reminiscences of the unmistakeable baritone voice of the celebrant convince me that the greatness of man is reflected very much by what oozes out of his mouth. I doff my hat for Georg Heike! This contribution is based on an extract from data collected during my last re- search visit to the institute in 2006. The visit, funded by the Alexander-von- Humboldt Foundation, enabled me to take a global look at tone-shift (or what some colleagues would prefer to refer to as tonal change) in Yoruba. The inves- tigation of...
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