Resources by SIL:

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.

Subject: Phonology

The grammar of action nominals in Tigemaxo

Publisher: WOCAL, 2009
Language: Bozo, Tiéyaxo

Despite the rising interest in non-finite verb forms (infinitives, participles, converbs, action nominals (AN)) among typologically oriented linguists (e.g. König & van der Auwera 1990, Haspelmath & König 1995, van der Auwera 1998), insights into the topic from West African languages are still scarce. To help fill this huge gap, the present paper provides a descriptively oriented, text-corpus-based analysis of action nominals in Tigemaxo.

Subject: Grammar