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STUF - Language Typology and Universals

Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung

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Volume 70, Issue 2


The non-terracing tone system of Lolobi-Siwu

Kevin C. Ford / Robert K. Iddah
Published Online: 2017-07-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0017


Siwu, a Ghana-Togo Mountain language spoken in Volta Region, Ghana, is a lexical tone language with three level tones, Low, High and Extra-high. Siwu has three distinct end-tones to mark positive-imperatives, non-WH-interrogatives, and negatives, and an additional end-tone to mark emphatic questions. All words form four tone classes – those with final Low tones which do not affect following tones, and three other classes, two of which assimilate following tones, and one which dissimilates following High and Extra-high tones. Two floating tones are posited: an Extra-high tone as an emp marker and a High tone as a poss marker to explain the changes affecting NPposs+NP structures.

Keywords: tone; non-terrace level; fast speech; deliberate speech; Lolobi-Siwu


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Published Online: 2017-07-14

Published in Print: 2017-07-26

Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 70, Issue 2, Pages 331–362, ISSN (Online) 2196-7148, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0017.

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