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1, /é/ conditions a specific set of tonal changes that requires that a preceding LH stem be simplified to L, hence merging with stems which are underlyingly /L/. e. H-LH-L ! 25] /mi ê bva + é/ /mi ê dììr + ´/ /mi ê sçnka + ´/ ! ! sç@nka ‘I am falling’ ‘I am watching’ ‘I am writing’ (< é sç&nka) As seen, the progressive is characterized by a HL /ê/ marker preposed to the verb + a H tone suffix which combines to make a LH rising tone on the root syllable. 3). As expected /ê/ undergoes absorption before the L of the verb stem.
Okal okpâ ~ okal ókpa ‘the place of the salt’. g. etaar ‘bridge’ ! okal etáàr ~ okal étaar ‘place of the bridge’. 3. Verb Tones ‘gorilla’ ‘mud’ ‘Sakata person’ ‘root’ okal sókamunt okal e pç@tpçt okal osákata okal é ntsumbûl ‘place of the gorilla’ ‘place of the mud’ ‘place of Sakata person’ ‘place of the root’ The tones on verb stems vary considerably by tense, aspect, and mood, which are treated separately in Chapter 7. In this section we will consider the basic tonal possibilities on verb stems, which bears on the issue of whether it is the syllable or the mora that is the tonebearing unit.
If analyzed as vowel sequences, this would produce the The Sound System 25 representations o-liaa and ondíE@E@ with three vowels in the same syllable, a sequence that doesn’t otherwise exist. In addition, if interpreted as glides, we can explain the absence of /wy/ and /yw/ as a prohibition of glide sequences. Note that the sequence [wi] is not found, while [yu] is: o-yûp ‘to ask (for)’, iyûr ‘family’. g. NC. As such, NC can be considered a complex onset. 23]. )’ ‘Mbuun people’ ‘morning’ ‘umbrella’ ‘flower’ ‘gun’ ‘island’ ‘idiot’ ‘owl’ ‘tobacco’ ‘flea, jigger’ ‘lizard’ cf.