New PDF release: A Grammar of Supyire

By Robert Carlson

ISBN-10: 3110140578

ISBN-13: 9783110140576

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In learning to speak Supyire I often had the experience of an interlocutor interpreting my speech on the basis of my (incorrect) tones, assuming that I had mistaken the consonants and vowels, which were in fact much closer to what they were supposed to be than the tones. There are four phonemic tones. The high (H) and low (L) are fairly ordinary, but the middle two are differentiated in behavior rather than pitch. One of these, which we will call strong mid (Ms) undergoes substantially less perturbation than the other, which we will call weak mid (Mw).

Q As shown here, most vowel-initial clitics begin with /a/. 6 below. The vowels of third person anaphoric pronouns are unstressed, and most of these assimilate as expected (exceptions will be dealt with in the next section): (72) Ku it(G2S) ä ßwo. PERF good => Ka äßwo. ' Li it(G3S) ä β wo. PERF good La ä β wo. 5. Approximant formation When three of the eight anaphoric pronouns precede a vowel-initial clitic, they do not allow the assimilation of their vowels as described above. Instead, the vowel's length (or 'vowelness') is transferred to the clitic's vowel, but its other features remain as an approximant.

Li it(G3S) ä β wo. PERF good La ä β wo. 5. Approximant formation When three of the eight anaphoric pronouns precede a vowel-initial clitic, they do not allow the assimilation of their vowels as described above. Instead, the vowel's length (or 'vowelness') is transferred to the clitic's vowel, but its other features remain as an approximant. This is most clearly seen in the gender 1 singular i/, which instead of simply merging with the following clitic, changes to [wV]. This change is not written in the orthography.

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