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Syllable Weight in African Languages



Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company

Author:Paul Newman

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Syllable Weight in African Languages Description

Syllable weight is a crucially important concept in the fields of phonology and morphology. It impacts analyses and explanation whether theoretical, typological, or descriptive. African linguistics was critical in the original development of the concept and, as this book demonstrates, the concept is critical to our understanding of complex phenomena in African languages, including stress, tone, allomorphy, minimal word requirements, and metrics. This volume includes a broad overview of syllable weight as a phonological variable and then provides detailed case studies covering an array of African languages from various phyla spoken across the continent. This should prove to be an essential book for scholars and students in the area of general phonology and African linguistics. The editor of the book, Distinguished Professor Paul Newman, is an internationally well-known expert on African linguistics in general and the Hausa language in particular. It was he who first introduced the term ‘syllable weight’ in a seminal article published nearly a half century ago.

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