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Title:A comparative study of operations of liquids in Barwe and Central Shona
Authors:Mangoya, Esau
Mheta, Gift
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Shona language
Zezuru dialect
Karanga dialect
Abstract:This article presents an analysis of functions and operations of liquids in Barwe. Barwe is a variety of Eastern Shona, a cross-border language spoken in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The article draws comparisons between liquids in Barwe and those that obtain in Central Shona dialects, mainly Zezuru, spoken in and around Zimbabwe's capital Harare, and Karanga, which is spoken in the Masvingo and Midlands provinces of Zimbabwe. Liquids occur in all the varieties that constitute the Shona group. According to Trask (1996), liquid is a conventional label for any non-nasal sonorant. This paper focuses on three sounds: the lateral [l], the flap and the trill [r]. The comparative study is conducted through analysis of written and audio corpora of these varieties. The phonological data are analysed using Kiparsky's (1982) Lexical Phonology Theory, which accounts for the systematic organisation of sounds in languages. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]