Syllable Weight in African Languages

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| Indiana University
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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.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 338]  2017.  x, 219 pp.
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Table of Contents
Notes on contributors
vii–x
Introduction
Paul Newman
1–8
Chapter 1. Syllable weight as a phonological variable
Paul Newman
9–26
Chapter 2. Syllable weight: A typological and theoretical overview
Matthew Gordon
27–48
Chapter 3. Syllable weight and morphophonologically induced resyllabification in Maghrebi Arabic
Lameen Souag
49–68
Chapter 4. Syllable weight in Amharic
Hannah Sande and Andrew Hedding
69–82
Chapter 5. Syllabic weight in Tashlhiyt Berber
Francois Dell and Mohamed Elmedlaoui
83–96
Chapter 6. The psychological reality of syllable weight
Russell G. Schuh
97–112
Chapter 7. Syllables and syllable weight in Sara-Bagirmi languages
John M. Keegan
113–128
Chapter 8. Reduplication in Fur: Prosodic structure and sonority
Ashley L. McKeever
129–142
Chapter 9. Non-uniform syllable weight in Southern Kenyan Maa (Maasai)
Richard Griscom and Doris L. Payne
143–160
Chapter 10. Syllable weight in the phonology of Pulaar
Fiona Mc Laughlin and Caroline R. Wiltshire
161–176
Chapter 11. Syllable weight and tonal patterning in Kusaal: A Moraic perspective
A. Agoswin Musah
177–190
Chapter 12. Syllable weight and tone in Mara Bantu languages
Lotta Aunio
191–214
Index
215–219
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFH – Phonetics, phonology
BISAC Subject: LAN011000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Phonetics & Phonology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016059524 | Marc record