Sound Mutations

The morphophonology of Chaha

| MIT, Cabridge, MA
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This monograph, which evolved from the first linguistic dissertation to be written on Chaha (an Ethiopian Semitic language), is also the first book to deal exclusively with the phonology and morphology of the language. It is an exhaustive description and analysis, by a native speaker, of the sound patterns of this often misdescribed language and deserves to be the standard reference on the phonology of Chaha. The book presents a vast amount of new data and it unearths some fascinating new generalizations about double linking, geminate devoicing, nasalization of liquid consonants, phonotactic constraints within morphemes, and palatalization and labialization triggered by decomposition of a single back high round vowel.
The book also challenges the categorization of Semitic subject affixes into prefix and suffix sets, instead proposing a novel classification in which all prefixes and some suffixes form a set that excludes the remaining suffixes. The generalizations and analyses are significant not only for the study of Chaha and Semitic languages, but also for phonological theory in general.
[Not in series, 93]  2000.  xxxii, 333 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Tables
xv
Acknowledgments
xvii
Abbreviations
xxi
Résumé
xxiii
Abstract
xxv
Introduction
xxvii
1. Phonemes, Syllables, and Stems
1
2. Geminate Devoicing and Degemination
41
3. On the Distribution of [x] and [k]
91
4. Sonorant Alternations
125
5. Initial, Geminate and Post-N Strengthening
159
6. On the Articulators of Consonants
175
7. Labialization and Palatalization Triggered by /U/
185
8. Subject Affixes
241
9. Object Clitics
261
Conclusion
303
References
307
Name Index
319
Subject Index
323
“With its exhaustive data and careful attention to analysis of wide-ranging facts, this book is essential for antone interested in the morphophonology of Ethiopian Semitic and is of considerable value for its general contributions to rule typology and distinctive feature theory.”
“For the wider audience of phonologists, this book provides an examination of fascinating problems and an application of the tools of Feature Geometry and of underspecification to difficult problems [...].”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00023619