An Autosegmental Analysis of Venda Tonology by Farida Casimjee

By Farida Casimjee

First released in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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High and Low, and that there may be at most one tone associated (underlyingly) with a given stem TBU. tshi-vhavhala and madingwane represent the first cases we have encountered where a Falling tone occurs in the post-Low pronunciation of a noun, but they obviously do not provide In any way a serious counterexample to the analysis we have developed. All that we need to assume is the underlying representations and derivations given In (30): (30) L H L H I III tshi-vhavhala LH LL I I I| madingwane inapplicable inapplicable L H L H tshi-vhavhala inapplicable LD MR LH LL madingwane HTS FS Notice that the preceding analysis of tshi-vhavhala and madingwane.

In the remaining cases, no rules are applicable. e. thamaha, danana, phaphana, and dukana. In these cases, we predict that in post-High position the Initial Low will delete by virtue of Low-Deletion. Deletion of the Initial Low will set the stage for Meeussen's Rule to apply If the noun has a High associated with Its second vowel (danana and phaphana). In any case, deletion of the Low will also set the stage for High Tone Spread to extend the High of the preceding word onto the first and also second vowel of the noun.

In (33b), the Low part of a High-Low sequence associated with a pre-penult TBU is delinked from that TBU, leaving the TBU in question uniquely associated with a High tone but also leaving the Low tone in the tonal tier (In contrast with (33a) where the Low tone is eliminated). While both of these approaches are possible ones within the autosegmental framework (since that framework permits rules that add, delete, or change autosegments as well as rules that add or delete association lines), we shall demonstrate shortly that (33b), the delinking approach, provides a better explanation of Venda tonology.

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