By Van de Velde, Mark L.O.
A Grammar of Eton is the 1st description of the Cameroonian Bantu language Eton. it's also one of many few entire descriptions of a North-western Bantu language. The complicated tonology of Eton is punctiliously analysed and awarded in an easy and constant descriptive framework, which allows the reader to maintain tune of Eton's many tonal morphemes. Phonologists could be specially drawn to the research of stem preliminary prominence, which manifests itself in a couple of logically self sustaining phenomena, together with size of the onset consonant, phonotactic skewing and variety of tonal attachment websites. Typologists and Africanists engaged on morphosyntax will locate helpful analyses of, between others, gender and contract; demanding, point, temper and negation; and verbal derivation. they are going to stumble upon many morphosyntactic ameliorations among Eton and the higher identified jap and Southern Bantu languages, frequently because of evolutions formed through maximality constraints on stems. The chapters on clause constitution and intricate structures offer facts not often present in resources at the languages of the sector, together with descriptions of non-verbal clauses, concentration, quasi-auxiliaries and adverbial clauses.
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Thus, the borrowing mũڮtwâ ‘car’ is morphologically simple, but prosodically it contains a prefix and a stem. The first syllable contains a schwa in non word-final position and cannot carry more than one toneme, which are prosodic characteristics of prefixes. The second syllable begins in a consonant that normally occurs only in the onset of a prominent syllable. 18 (5) Phonology a. b. c. d. e. f. g. /àlàpágá/ ‘rabbit’ < French lapin? /ì-nútŲڹn/ ‘minute’ < German? Minute /sítà/ ‘sister’ < English5 sister /pùlàssí/ ‘Frenchman’ < French?
000 Hz. Since the difference between the back vowels /o/ and /Þ/ is less difficult to hear in Pie-Claude Ondobo’s idiolect than in that of Désiré Essono, I made a vowel plot for the former’s back vowels as well (Figure 5). Pie-Claude’s voice was analogically recorded with a Nagra and then digitalised using the programme Sound Edit. 000 Hertz. The vowels are also measured in different contexts, with at 28 Phonology least 60 tokens per vowel. The plots were made with the programme Akustyk,12 which operates in Praat.
For example, the description makes use of a dissimilating high morphotoneme. This is a morphotoneme that is represented by a low toneme if preceded by a high morphotoneme and by a high toneme elsewhere. A less ad hoc solution would have involved a structural succession of a high and a low morphotoneme and a series of rules that apply only in the constructions now described with a dissimilating high morphotoneme. 6 for the dissimilating high morphotoneme). Phoneme inventory 9 The reader should keep in mind that there is a discrepancy between the IPA notation used in the phonology chapter and the practical orthography used elsewhere.
A Grammar of Eton (Mouton Grammar Library) by Van de Velde, Mark L.O.