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By Robert Carlson

ISBN-10: 3110140578

ISBN-13: 9783110140576

The sequence builds an in depth number of top of the range descriptions of languages world wide. each one quantity bargains a entire grammatical description of a unmarried language including absolutely analyzed pattern texts and, if acceptable, a glossary and different proper details that's to be had at the language in query. There are not any regulations as to language relatives or quarter, and even supposing detailed recognition is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and worthy remedies of higher identified languages also are incorporated. No theoretical version is imposed at the authors; the one criterion is a excessive commonplace of medical caliber.

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G. the pronouns υ and uru) begin with a V syllable. Only one kind of consonant cluster occurs: nasal + stop. Such a cluster may occur initially as in (la) below, or medially as in (lb): 8 Chapter 2: Phonology (1) a. thpi 'hare* b. bdtjke 'the baboon' Two remarks are necessary. The initial nasal in (la) is not syllabic, even though it has its own tone. 4 below. The much more common clusters under consideration are pronounced like prenasalized stops. The second remark follows from the first. e. closed with the nasal.

G. 1. Consonants 9 1984: 93). g. alaga 'bedbugs' Cissl 1986, cf. Sucite gbaxa 'house' Garber 1987: 335). Finally, in Kampwo Supyire, /gb/ was simplified to /b/: baga 'house*, bähägä bedbug. This has lead to the curious situation of a disproportionately high number of roots beginning with /b/. Discounting loans,3 there are over five times as many roots beginning with voiceless as with voiced alveolar and palatal stops. 1 below). But roots beginning with /b/ actually outnumber those beginning with /p/.

In eight cases it elides, whereas in twenty it does not. Compare the following examples: (20) a. ήίάΝ+ -IV courtyard G3S b. ka+ reason paN come htää 'courtyard' + -IV G3S => kapana 'reason for coming' It should be mentioned that there are indications of a process of /m/-elision from sometime in the not-too-distant past. For example, the dative/benefactive postposition ά was originally /ni, and in fact this is the form it usually takes in poetry. Similarly the non-final serial verb connective ä is derived from the conjunction ma.

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