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1 Phonological processes Spirantization Stops are spirantized after vowels; whereas spirantization is blocked through gemination (cf. 4). Even though the application of this process varies from speaker to speaker, the spirantization of bilabial stops after vowels is a common phenomenon. The segments p and b are the basic forms since spirantization is blocked due to gemination. The followings are examples: /p, b / > [џ, ਫ] / v- or -v /yape/ > [yaџe] //in-kabow/ > [/in-kaਫow] /liNub/ > [liNuਫ] ‘sky’ ‘towards you’ ‘clean’ 128.

3 Tone and affixation In this section we discuss tone stability and contour tones. Tone stability is observed when a vowel resyllabifies or when a phonological rule deletes a tone-bearing unit (TBU) and the tone remains unaffected and associates with an adjacent TBU. Such stability can not be accounted for if tone is assumed to be an integral part of the phonological segment on which it appears in the phonetic representation. 14 Tone stability shows that tone is an auto-segmental unit. In Dime, when the plural or definite marker is added to the root the terminal vowel is deleted but the tone remains attached to the suffix.

Chapter 3 48 In example (33a-b) we see that the case marker is affixed to the modifier if the latter is the last element of the phrase. If instead, the word order of NP is modifier-head, -im is attached to the noun as in example (34). 34. s#iftaye s’a⁄n-ub zit-is⁄-im s#in-i-n shiftaye black-M ox-DEF-ACC buy-PF-3 ‘Shiftaye bought the ox’ It is observed that the accusative can be marked two or more times in a sentence as in (35) and (36), where it is marked both on the modifier and the head noun.

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