A description of Teribe phonology

Statement of Responsibility:
Oakes, Perry J
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Date:
2001
Abstract:

This is a theory-neutral description of the phonology of Teribe, a Chibchan language spoken in northwest Panama. As of 1998 Teribe had almost completed the process of moving from a tonal to a stress system language, so that vestiges of tone occur in certain areas of the phonology to disrupt the stress system. Teribe contains a prelabialized retroflexed lateral flap phoneme which is quite rare, if not unknown, among the other languages of the world. Nasality is also quite interesting, as it remains after the deletion of a nasal segmental phoneme in verb morphology, attaching itself to whatever segment comes to fill the vacant slot.

Extent:
78 pages
Subject:
Phonological descriptions
vowel laxing
vocoids
vocoid epenthesis
syllable patterns
stress patterns
phonemic contrasts
nasalization
distribution of allophones
derivations
deletions
contoids
Country:
Panama
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