Set the controls for the heart of the alternation: Dahl’s Law in Kitharaka

Uffmann, Christian (2013) Set the controls for the heart of the alternation: Dahl’s Law in Kitharaka. Nordlyd, 40 (1). pp. 323-337. ISSN 0332-7531

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Abstract

This paper looks at Dahl’s Law, a voicing dissimilation process found in a number of Bantu languages, in Kitharaka, and argues that it is best analysed within a framework of minimal (contrastive) feature spe- cifications. We show that the standard account of [±voice] dissimilation runs into a number of problems in Kitharaka and propose a new analysis, couched within the framework of the Parallel Structures Model of Feature Geometry (Morén 2003; 2006) and Optimality Theory, thereby also addressing the question of the division of labour between constraints and representations. The analysis shows that it is crucial to look at the whole system of phonological oppositions and natural classes in Kitharaka to understand how the process works, ultimately also using loanwords to glean crucial insight into how the phoneme system of Kitharaka is organised.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0101 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
Depositing User: Christian Uffmann
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 06:49
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 18:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45110

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