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Title:On the characterization of stress in West African tone languages
Author:Kropp Dakubu, M.E.ISNI
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:Ga language
Abstract:The author attempts to tackle the problem of how to deal with stressed syllables in the phonology of a tone language. The language with which the author deals specifically is Ga, the language of Accra in Ghana. After demonstrating the occurrence of a feature of stress, and the ways in which it is found to be distributed in discourse, the author gives rules to account for what appear to be restrictions on its occurrence. The literature with respect to stress in Yoruba is briefly discussed, and finally some tentative generalizations are made concerning the nature and behaviour of stress in at least some West African tone languages. This paper does not deal with the exact phonetics of stress, not with the relationship between stress in these languages and the sentential stress of non-tone languages. Ref.