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

Statement of Responsibility:
Gilley, Leoma
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Date:
2004
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.

Extent:
13 pages
Subject:
Orthography
Morphophonemics
Shilluk
Dinka
approach
Country:
Sudan
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