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Aspects of the Tonal System of Kalabari-ljo
by Otelemate G. Harry
CSLI, 2004
eISBN: 978-1-57586-689-5 | Paper: 978-1-57586-482-2
Library of Congress Classification PL8276.95.K3H37 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 496.3

This book breaks new ground in language studies with its detailed analysis of the relatively unknown Nigerian language Kalabari-ljo. A language from the Niger-Congo region, Kalabari-ljo contains puzzling tonal configurations that have so far eluded researchers' efforts to create coherent descriptive analyses.

This study determines that right-to-left association is the best method of analysis for Kalabari-ljo and also proposes that both morphosyntactic and semantic input be included in the tone system rules. Harry's innovative work provides new evidence for the morphological and semantic input in phonology theory and launches a new platform for scholarship in African language studies.

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