In this paper, evidence is drawn from the inconsistencies in the behavior of English velarized /l/ and nasal vowel borrowings to argue that loan adaptation is driven by phonological and phonetic factors in Yoruba. Nasal vowel patterns further show that a non-contrastive feature can be borrowed and phonologized.
Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Context
edited by Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-453-9 library binding
xi + 337 pages
publication date: 2012
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA