Gur languages are tonal and there is little evidence for stress. However, segmental alternations can nevertheless provide evidence for metrical structure. This paper proposes that vowel length alternations in Dagaare number morphology result from metrically conditioned epenthesis. More specifically, a phonological word must be minimally bimoraic. It is also shown that an alternative analysis based on segmentally conditioned deletion makes several incorrect predictions and must be rejected in favor of the metrically conditioned epenthesis analysis defended here.
Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Linguistic Theory and African Language Documentation
edited by Masangu Matondo, Fiona Mc Laughlin, and Eric Potsdam Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-429-4 library binding
vi + 241 pages
publication date: 2009
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA