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dc.contributor.author Green, Christopher R. en
dc.contributor.author Davis, Stuart en
dc.contributor.author Diakite, Boubacar en
dc.contributor.author Baertsch, Karen en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-08T20:00:59Z en
dc.date.available 2015-06-08T20:00:59Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Green, C. R., Davis, S., Diakite, B., & Baertsch, K. (2009).Syncope and the drive towards minimization in Colloquial Bamana. In J. C. Anderson, C. R. Green, & S. G. Obeng (Eds.), Indiana University Working Papers in Linguistics Volume 8: African linguistics across the discipline (pp. 109-131). Bloomington, IN: IULC Publications. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/20089 en
dc.description.abstract Data from two varieties of Bamana, a Mande language spoken in West Africa, illustrate that permissible syllable shapes vary between the two types. A comparison of Classic Bamana spoken in Segou, Mali and that spoken by a younger cohort of individuals in the Malian capital, Bamako, reveals that the latter variety is synchronically developing complex CCV and CVC syllable shapes, whereas the classical variety permits only maximal CV syllables. We posit that the development of these syllable shapes represents an overall drive towards word minimization in this variety of the language. This study formalizes minimization in Colloquial Bamana in an optimality theoretic framework and illustrates the support that these developing processes in Bamana provide for the Split Margin Approach to the syllable, developed in Baertsch (2002). Preferential deletion patterns, the role of phonotactics in driving these patterns, and other processes interacting with and/or preventing syncope from occurring are also explored. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Institutes of Health DC00433, RR7031K, DC00076, DC001694 (PI: Gierut) en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher IULC Publications en
dc.rights © 2009 Christopher R. Green, Stuart Davis, Boubacar Diakite, and Karen Baertsch en
dc.subject phonology en
dc.subject child phonology en
dc.subject clinical phonology en
dc.subject phonological disorders in children en
dc.subject phonological treatment en
dc.subject Learnability Project en
dc.subject language acquisition en
dc.title Syncope and the drive towards minimization in Colloquial Bamana en
dc.type Article en


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