Metatony, according to Nurse (2006:192), is a tonal process by which, in certain Bantu languages (A, B, C, D10 and D20 zones), a verb final vowel is non-H in utterance final position but is H when followed by a complement. This paper, devoted to Bàsàa (A43), spoken in Cameroon, is in line with the analysis of a similar phenomenon in Abo (Hyman & Lionnet, this volume), which rejects the idea of deriving metatony from a H augment or a focus-marking scheme. Instead, I analyze metatony as a H melodic tone whose nature depends on whether the verb is conjoint or disjoint.
Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Context
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