An Autosegmental Approach to Shilluk Phonology, Issue 103
Shilluk is a Western Nilotic language spoken in southern Sudan. In this study, by using an autosegmental approach, which is based on lexical phonology, the author has been able to analyze the vowel and consonant harmony systems, the tonal system, and the syllable structure of the Shilluk language. Other matters dealt with include the issue of independent representations in connection with discussion of syllable structure, and the order of levels within the lexicon.
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Phonetics Phonemics and Postlexical Phonology
Representation of Lexical Items
Shilluk Syllable Structure
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alternatingly short analysis apply autoseg autosegmental byel chapter coda syllabification principle coll complement rule complex stem delinking rule derivation discussed distinctive DSHP dual syllable head examples feature matrix floating tone geminate consonant glide head pruning rule intransitive Kohnen language level tones lexical phonology lexicon long vowel words markedness morpheme nasal number suffix obligatory contour principle occur onset phonetic plosives plural forms possessive marker postlexical prefix RAR SP referential determiner RESYLL root tone root vowel root-final consonant segment delinking convention sglt Shilluk language Shilluk phonology short and long shown singular and plural singulative slot SPREADING RULE surface svcmp syllable head pruning syllable structure template tense tier tonal tone assignment tone patterns tone-bearing unit transitive verbs underlying representation underspecification theory underspecified vcmpcmp verb forms vocalic vowel harmony vowel height vowel length vscmp Western Nilotic language