Nasality in Bozo Jenaama

Publisher: WOCAL, 2009
Language: Bozo, Jenaama

This paper discusses one problem area of Bozo-Jenaama phonology, namely nasalization. After an introduction about the language and its speakers, it outlines the relevant data. It then shows how an analysis without contrastive nasal vowels is possible in spite of surface contrast between nasalized and non-nasalized vowels. In a next step additional data in support of the suggested analysis is presented and exceptions to it explained. A suggestion about the nature of the underlying nasal consonant is made. Finally, a pronunciation variety of one of the dialects of Jenaama is discussed. A summary of the findings, hypotheses and solutions concludes the paper.

To be published in the WOCAL conference proceedings.

Subject: Phonology
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