A typological perspective on Bantu nominal tone : the case of Ikoma-Nata-Isenye in western Tanzania

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Aunio , L 2015 , ' A typological perspective on Bantu nominal tone : the case of Ikoma-Nata-Isenye in western Tanzania ' , Southern African linguistics and applied language studies , vol. 33 , no. 3 , pp. 359-371 . https://doi.org/10.2989/16073614.2015.1105106

Title: A typological perspective on Bantu nominal tone : the case of Ikoma-Nata-Isenye in western Tanzania
Author: Aunio, Lotta
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures 2010-2017
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Southern African linguistics and applied language studies
ISSN: 1607-3614
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/173939
Abstract: This paper compares the nominal tone systems of three Bantu language varieties, Ikoma, Nata, and Isenye, spoken in the southern part of the Mara region in western Tanzania. These varieties are classified as dialects of a single language (JE45), and altogether they have approximately 30 000 speakers. All three varieties are mutually intelligible, if only with minor difficulties and adaptation. The nominal tone patterns in these varieties look very similar. However, when comparing the nominal tone systems, we see that the systems of assigning nominal tones in these three varieties are typologically different. Moreover, it has been suggested that the lexical tonal contrasts of the southern Mara languages have been greatly reduced or lost altogether, but the data presented in this paper shows that lexical tone systems are still functional in several of these languages and that the area shows great variety in the nominal tone systems.
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