Phrasing and relative clauses in Chimwiini

  • We focus in this paper on two prosodic phenomena in Chimwiini: vowel length and accent (or High tone). Vowel length is determined in part by a lexical distinction between long and short vowels, and also by various morphophonemic processes that derive long vowels. Accent is penult in the default case, but final under certain morphosyntactic conditions. In order to account for the distribution of vowel length and the location of accents in a Chimwiini sentence, it is necessary to segment sentences into a sequence of phonological phrases. This paper examines the phonological phrasing of both canonical relative clauses and what we refer to as "pseudo-relative" clauses. An account of relative clause phrasing is of critical importance in Chimwiini due to the extensive use of pseudo-relatives in the language. Close examination of the pseudo-relatives reveals that their phrasing is not exactly the same as the phrasing of canonical relative clauses.

Download full text files

Export metadata

Additional Services

Share in Twitter Search Google Scholar
Author:Charles W. Kisseberth
Parent Title (English):Papers from the Workshop on Bantu Relative Clauses : [held in Paris on 8 - 9 January 2010] / Laura Downing, ... (eds.), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin; ZASPil Vol. 53, S. 109-144
Publisher:Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2010
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/11/14
GND Keyword:Relativsatz; Prosodie; Intonation <Linguistik>; Artikulation; Swahili
Page Number:36
First Page:109
Last Page:144
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Linguistik-Klassifikation: Phonetik/Phonologie / Phonetics/Phonology
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:ZAS papers in linguistics : ZASPiL / ZASPiL 53 = Papers from the Workshop on Bantu Relative Clauses
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht