By Van de Velde, Mark L.O.

ISBN-10: 3110204401

ISBN-13: 9783110204407

A Grammar of Eton is the 1st description of the Cameroonian Bantu language Eton. it's also one of many few entire descriptions of a North-western Bantu language. The complicated tonology of Eton is thoroughly analysed and awarded in an easy and constant descriptive framework, which allows the reader to maintain song of Eton's many tonal morphemes. Phonologists might be specially drawn to the research of stem preliminary prominence, which manifests itself in a few logically self sufficient phenomena, together with size of the onset consonant, phonotactic skewing and variety of tonal attachment websites. Typologists and Africanists engaged on morphosyntax will locate worthy analyses of, between others, gender and contract; annoying, point, temper and negation; and verbal derivation. they are going to come upon many morphosyntactic adjustments among Eton and the higher identified jap and Southern Bantu languages, frequently as a result of evolutions formed via maximality constraints on stems. The chapters on clause constitution and intricate structures offer facts infrequently present in resources at the languages of the sector, together with descriptions of non-verbal clauses, concentration, quasi-auxiliaries and adverbial clauses.

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Tómá| ࣰ /n‫ڮ‬tómó/ ‘sheep’ b. |Ͱ‫ڮ‬-Þ‫͡ڮ‬á| ࣰ /mÞ‫͡ڮ‬Þ‫ڟ‬/ ‘child’ c. |ì-͡gŲ‫ڮ‬gà| ࣰ /ì͡gŲ‫ڮ‬gũ‫ڮ‬/ ‘dwarf’ Interestingly, |a| tends to be represented by /Þ/ after prominent syllables that contain the sequence /wa/, also when the latter does not represent an underlying |Þ|, even when /w/ functions as the onset of the prominent syllable. Consider, for instance, the forms of the first person singular possessive nominal modifiers in (48). (48) a. |d-a‫ڦ‬mà| ࣰ /dámâ/ ‘my’ (agreement pattern V) b.

U/ /m‫ڮ‬pím/ ‘wall’ /m‫ڮ‬púm/ ‘blond’ /ũ/ vs. /Þ/ /mũ‫ڮ‬pám/ ‘I left’ /mÞ‫ ڮ‬pâm/ ‘boy’ /i/ vs. /o/ /ndím/ ‘blindness’ /ndóm/ ‘brother’ /u/ vs. /o/ /vú/ ‘resemble’ (v) /vó/ ‘declare’ (v) /i/ vs. /Þ/ /mbí/ ‘palm nut’ /mbÞ‫ڟ‬/ ‘grain’ /u/ vs. /Þ/ /kú/ ‘chicken’ /kÞ‫ڟ‬/ ‘tuber’ /e/ vs. /Ų/ /wé/ ‘kill’ (v) /wŲ‫ڮ‬/ ‘laugh’ (v) /o/ vs. /Þ/ /͡‫ڮ‬kó͡/ ‘rank’ /͡‫ڮ‬kÞ‫͡ڟ‬/ ‘pipe’ /e/ vs. /u/ /wé/ ‘kill’ /wú/ ‘die’ /i/ vs. /iٝ/ /tín/ ‘push’ (v) /tìٝnì/ ‘detach itself’ (v) /e/ vs. /o/ /í ࣨdé/ ‘his one’ /ìdò/ ‘member’ /e/ vs.

L-lá͡| ࣰ /á ࣨlá͡/~/ũ‫ࣨ ڟ‬lá͡/ ‘to read’ (stem: lá͡) |á # L-wé| ࣰ /á ࣨwé/~/ũ‫ࣨ ڟ‬wé/ ‘to kill’ (stem: wé) b. /̅ࣨlá͡/ ‘to read’ /Օࣨwé/ ‘to kill’ So far, the discussion was mainly restricted to consonants in the prosodic stem. As for their length, prefix consonants that are not part of the prosodic stem are somewhere in between prominent and non-prominent stem consonants. They are clearly shorter than stem-initial consonants in intervocalic position, but a bit longer than non-prominent stem consonants.

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