A description of the phonology of the Sandawe language

Statement of Responsibility:
Hunziker, Daniel A., Elisabeth Hunziker and Helen Eaton
Date:
2008
Abstract:

This paper is a phonological description of Sandawe, a Khoisan language spoken in central Tanzania. We begin by discussing the distribution of the consonant and vowel phonemes in the language. Particular attention is given to a comparison of contrastive click accompaniments, which is illustrated by waveform graphs. We then present an analysis of tone in Sandawe, beginning with an account of how surface tone patterns are derived from underlying tones and moving on to consider tone melodies and some phrase and sentence-level tonal phenomena. In the following sections we consider syllable structure and the segmental effects of morphological processes. The paper ends with a brief explanation of the Sandawe orthography.

Extent:
81 pages
Subject:
consonant distribution
Khoisan language
Phonological descriptions
tone patterns
vowel distribution
waveform graphs
Country:
Tanzania
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