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Title: Accounting for the Morphophonological Alternations in Classes 1 and 2 of Bantu Languages of Zone A
Authors: Atindogbé, Gratien G.
Keywords: Bantu languages
Noun classes
Gender 1/2
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Start page: 155
End page: 179
Abstract: Generally, noun class prefixes of Bantu languages have two or more variants which can be accounted for by phonological and/or morphological rules. These rules might be straightforward, natural and psychologically real, or sometimes complicated and less natural in that it is not always clear what phonological processes are involved. These complications have been noticed with gender 1/2 prefixes of the Bantu languages of Zone A. This paper examines the alternations noted in classes 1 and 2 (for the lexemes "man, " "woman" and "child") of two Bantu languages, Bankon (A42) and Mokpe (A22) to demonstrate the difficulty in accounting for those alternations. A detailed analysis is provided with a wide range of alternative hypotheses.
DOI: 10.14989/68264
Appears in Collections:Vol.28 No.4

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