Kalenjin phonology and morphology: A further exemplification of underspecification and non-destructive phonology

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    12 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Kalenjin, a Southern Nilotic language, has a harmony system normally associated with the vowel system and specifically with the feature [ATR]. This paper demonstrates that [ATR] is not an appropriate description of the phonetic correlates of the harmony system and that the system operates at least at syllable level, and in many cases at word level. In order to avoid having recourse to feature changing and deletion rules phonological representation is conceived of as layered and radically underspecified in the lexical entry forms. Furthermore such representations are non-segmental.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-43
    Number of pages15
    JournalLingua
    Volume96
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1995

    Cite this