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Dialect Convergence and Divergence: A Case of Chuka and Imenti
Fridah E. Kanana
190-205 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper explores the similarities and differences between Imenti and Chuka from a morpho-phonological point of view. Imenti and Chuka belong to the Bantu language family (E50: Kikuyu-Kamba Group), and are spoken in the Eastern province of Kenya. The consonant and vowel inventories of the two dialects are presented and the morpho-phonological processes that affect these sounds when they are juxtaposed in words are discussed. The assumption in this paper is that dialect clusters within a given geographical area exhibit common morpho-phonological characteristics. However, within this stock of morpho-phonological characteristics, there exist features that are peculiar to individual dialects.

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Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages and Linguistics Today
edited by Eyamba G. Bokamba, Ryan K. Shosted, and Bezza Tesfaw Ayalew
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