Strategies for representing tone in African writing systems: a critical review

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Date:
1998
Sponsored By:
UK Economic and Social Research Council; Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research of the Cameroon government
Extent:
33 pages
Abstract:
"This article describes the problems with orthographies that use too few or too many tone marks, and critically evaluates a wide range of creative intermediate solutions. I review the contributions made by phonology and reading theory, and provide some broad methodological principles to guide someone who is seeking to represent tone in a writing system. The tone orthographies of several languages from sub-Saharan Africa are presented throughout the article, with particular emphasis on some tone languages of Cameroon."
Publication Status:
Published
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Subject:
Writing systems
tone marking
Tone
Orthography
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Entry Number:
47354