The Phonological Segments and Syllabic Structure of Ik

Statement of Responsibility:
Schrock, Terrill B.
Series Issue:
2011-004
Date:
2011
Date Created:
2010
Publisher:
SIL International
Publisher Place:
Dallas, Texas
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Working Papers 2011-004
Extent:
40 Pages
Abstract:
The Ik language, spoken in northeast Uganda, is controversially classified as a fringe member of Nilo-Saharan. A more comprehensive description of all levels of the language is needed before the issue of its classification can be resolved. This paper builds on the work of others (e.g. Tucker 1971, Heine 1976, and König 2002) in an attempt to describe the Ik segmental inventory and syllabic structure with an emphasis on phonetic detail. The data come primarily from a list of 1700 Ik words transcribed and analyzed phonologically by the author. In addition to describing the basics of Ik segments and syllables, the paper offers an expanded analysis of Ik velar consonants and the ‘chronolects’ proposed by Heine (1999). The findings are offered as another piece for the puzzle of Rub (Kuliac) classification. [Since this preliminary study was done, the author has documented an additional phoneme, the voiced glottal fricative /3/. Further studies of Ik will include this.]
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Uganda
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Work Type:
Subject:
Ik
Kuliak
Phonology
syllable structure
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Entry Number:
42001