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Phrasal phonology in Copperbelt Bemba

Kula, Nancy C and Bickmore, Lee S (2015) 'Phrasal phonology in Copperbelt Bemba.' Phonology, 32 (01). pp. 147-176. ISSN 0952-6757

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Copperbelt Bemba exhibits several rightward spreading tonal processes which are sensitive to prosodic phrase structure. The rightmost H tone in a word will undergo unbounded spreading if the word is final in a phonological phrase (phi). In an intonational phrase consisting of several single-word phi's, the rightmost H in the first word will spread through all following toneless phi's. From a rule-based perspective, this can only be accounted for by positing mutually feeding iterative rules, as a single H-tone spreading rule cannot account for the long-distance spreading. Rather, a second rule that spreads a H from the final mora of one word onto the initial mora of the following word is required, as a bridge to further unbounded spreading. Three phrase-sensitive OT constraints are proposed to account for H-tone spreading between words. One is of the domain-juncture variety, requiring the specification of two separate prosodic domains.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:30

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