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Title:The tonal behaviour of morphemes of different strata in Luganda
Author:Kalema, JohnISNI
Year:1982
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Volume:65
Issue:1
Pages:29-41
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
Subject:Ganda language
Abstract:In particular is shown here that a 'Tone Class' (TC) feature alone is not sufficient information in the lexicon to always enable to predict citation tone. Evidence is presented to show that in Luganda, as far as the tonal aspect of nouns and adjectives is concerned, one is not dealing with phenomena which can all be dealt with a single plane of description but rather one seems to be confronted with a stratified lexicon where phonological processes affecting tone seem to affect differently the various strata involved. Looking at the problem from this angle enables to not only account for the tonal behaviour of a much wider range of items in the language than has been attempted hitherto but also allows for a greater degree of predicability of tone in the citation forms of nouns and adjectives in Luganda. Sections: Introduction - Citation tone - Strata in the vocabulary - Native non-derived nouns and adjectives - Nouns and adjectives of foreign origin - Tone in derived forms - Conclusion. Notes, ref.
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