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Vowel Harmony in Bale: A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia
Stockholm University. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Section for General Linguistics.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ATR, advanced tongue root, is a phonological feature among vowels. As vowels assimilate to share the same value of that feature, they display ATR harmony. This is a common phenomenon among many African languages. ATR harmony is examined in this paper as manifested across morpheme boundaries wihin nouns in a Surmic language of Ethiopia called Bale. The data presented was collected at a workshop on ATR harmony held by SIL International in Mizan Teferi, Ethiopia, 2009. The vowel system in Bale displays a nine vowel inventory with a feature dominance of [+ATR] vowels which spread their feature both leftward and rightward to recessive [–ATR] vowels. The [+ATR] dominance is also present as a floating feature without any phonological material. The vowel /a/ is analysed as a neutral vowel, co-occuring with both [+ATR] and [–ATR] vowels within roots.

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2009. , 35 p.
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Vowel harmony, African linguistics, phonology, ATR, Surmic languages, Bale, Kacipo-Balesi, nominal suffixes
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29444OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-29444DiVA: diva2:233078
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2009-08-19, C307, Institutionen för Lingvistik, Stockholms Universitet, 106 91 Stockholm, Stockholms Universitet, 13:00 (English)
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Humanities, Theology
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