Morphophonemic orthographies in fusional languages: the cases of Dinka and Shilluk

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Gilley, Leoma
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Series Issue:
2004-003
Date:
2004
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Working Papers 2004-003
Extent:
13 pages
Abstract:

Fusional languages present exceptional challenges to orthography development. This paper discusses the solutions proposed for writing Shilluk and Dinka. The issues of word structure, vowel qualities, vowel and consonant length, tone and consonant alternations are examined. The orthographic choices shown reflect a morphonemic solution as opposed to a phonemic one. The result is that the languages are easier for native speakers to read.

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Published
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Sudan
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Subject:
Orthography
Morphophonemics
Shilluk
Dinka
approach
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Entry Number:
7859
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