A Grammar of Supyire by Robert Carlson

By Robert Carlson

The sequence builds an intensive number of top of the range descriptions of languages all over the world. each one quantity deals a entire grammatical description of a unmarried language including absolutely analyzed pattern texts and, if acceptable, a glossary and different suitable info that's to be had at the language in query. There are not any regulations as to language relatives or quarter, and even supposing specified awareness is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and invaluable remedies of higher recognized languages also are incorporated. No theoretical version is imposed at the authors; the single criterion is a excessive normal of clinical caliber.

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Koogo [ko:Ro] inheritance (34) kwüüld encircle As noted above, Mills (1984) states that nasal consonants do not occur with secondary release in Cebaara. While this is not the case in Supyire, it is 26 Chapter 2: Phonology true that there are very few cases of /m/ or /rj/ with secondary release. The rarity of secondary release with /η/ could be attributed to the overall rarity of /η/, but this explanation is not possible for /m/. ]. i,:] for most speakers (migii [m£Ri:] for others). The only clear cases of secondary release following /η/ are before the back vowel /a/, as in the following example: [i) w 2 : ] (35) η woo knife cf.

G. 1. Consonants 9 1984: 93). g. alaga 'bedbugs' Cissl 1986, cf. Sucite gbaxa 'house' Garber 1987: 335). Finally, in Kampwo Supyire, /gb/ was simplified to /b/: baga 'house*, bähägä bedbug. This has lead to the curious situation of a disproportionately high number of roots beginning with /b/. Discounting loans,3 there are over five times as many roots beginning with voiceless as with voiced alveolar and palatal stops. 1 below). But roots beginning with /b/ actually outnumber those beginning with /p/.

In addition to these sporadic elisions, there is one morphological process which results in the systematic loss of intervocalic /d/. The gender 4 noun suffix is -rV (/dV/). e. e. not /i/ or /u/), the definite is formed by adding the definite suffix -te to a stem consisting of the noun root plus the indefinite suffix -rV. The consonant of the indefinite suffix then elides (and the Iii of the definite suffix is voiced and flapped). 2. Fricatives Fricatives, both voiced and voiceless, are similar to voiceless stops in their distribution: they occur word-initial, or in a stressed syllable medially, but not in a medial unstressed syllable.

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