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Published on Thursday, November 18, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The present book project aims to identify within the Movement Phonology Theory (Charette 1994, Harris John 1994, Charette and Goksel 1994, etc.) and other appropriate phonological approaches the type and characteristics of vowel harmony exhibited in different languages, to explain the reasons of alternations and potential opacity, to determine the level of spreading of the phonological features, to identify, in each language, the nucleus (governor) and the governees in order to describe the vowel system of the studied languages, indicate the role of vowel harmony in the sound melody of Chadic languages,show the role of vowel system in the construction and the interpretation of lexical and grammatical units, point the contribution of Chadic languagaes’ data to the development of generative phonology in general and the one of Movement Phonology in particular.

Announcement

Call for book chapters

Description

Vowel harmony and prosodies are attested in many African languages of different phyla and families and have been topics of numerous colloquia, symposia, seminars, books and research projects since the early works of J.R Firth (1948), Greenberg (1963), Carl Hoffmann (1965), Roger Morhlang (1971), James Hoskison (1974), Newman (1977), etc.  up to now. Their important roles in languages’ sound system organization, tone melody, syllable layout, lexical and grammatical units’ construction and interpretation as demonstrated by David Morgan (1991), Crystal (1992), Lutz Marten (1996), Roderic Casali (2008), deserve further attention in the perspective of current theories and developments in phonology and morphology.

If the phonological processes of labialization and palatalization are almost incontestable in numerous Chadic languages such as Kera (Pearce Mary Emily, 2004 ), Muyang (Smith 1999, Smith and Gravina 2010, Bebey 2015), Kotoko (Tourneux 2000), Higi (Carl Hoffmann 1965, Roger Morhlang 1971, Barreteau 1983), Moloko (Bow 1997), Cuvok (Ndokobai 2003) and many other Chadic languages as claimed James Roberts (2001) and Suh Russel (2017), their impact in the functioning and morphology of adjectives, nouns, pronouns and verbs should clearly be pointed out. In Muyang and Mada for instance (Bebey (in progress)), vowel harmony is operative in the causatives, accusatives, locatives and reflexives.

The present book project aims to identify within the Movement Phonology Theory (Charette 1994, Harris John 1994, Charette and Goksel 1994, etc.) and other appropriate phonological approaches the type and characteristics of vowel harmony exhibited in different languages, to explain the reasons of alternations and potential opacity, to determine the level of spreading of the phonological features, to identify, in each language, the nucleus (governor) and the governees in order to:

  • Describe the vowel system of the studied languages,
  • Indicate the role of vowel harmony in the sound melody of Chadic languages,
  • Show the role of vowel system in the construction and the interpretation of lexical and grammatical units,
  • Point the contribution of Chadic languagaes’ data to the development of generative phonology in general and the one of Movement Phonology in particular.

Contributors could address any of the following themes and special focus which are far to be exhaustive:

  • Direction of vowel harmony,
  • Parasite vowel harmony,
  • Vocalic features spreading and government,
  • Vowel harmony and lexical system,
  • Vowel harmony and grammatical structures
  • Vowel harmony, tones and syllables.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: December 30th, 2021.

  • Abstract acceptance/rejection notification: January 31st, 2021.
  • Full chapter submission deadline: March 30th, 2022.
  • Return from peer-review: April 30th, 2022.
  • Return of proof-red version: May 31st, 2022.
  • Publication: July 2022.

The languages of contributions are English and French. If a chapter is written in English, the author should provide the Résumé in French and vice-versa.

The format of the full chapter will be indicated to contributors upon acceptance of their papers.

Abstracts with 6 keywords are sent to the following addresses:

  • bebeylawane@yahoo.fr
  • ousmanoulaida@gmail.com

Scientific committee

  • Sammy Beban Chumbow, The University of Yaounde 1
  • Etienne Sadembouo, The University of Yaounde 1
  • Edmond Biloa, The University of Yaounde I
  • Gratien Atindogbe, The University of Buea
  • Pius Akumbu, The University of Bamenda
  • Ibirahim Njoya, The University of Yaounde I
  • James Roberts, SIL Chad
  • Joey Lovestrand, SIL International, Canada
  • Henri Tourneux, CNRS Maroua
  • Ndokobai Dadak, SIL Cameroon.
  • Smith Tony, SIL International and the University of Texas at Arlinton

Editors

  • Adam Mahamat, The University of Maroua, HTTC.
  • Ousmanou, The University of Yaounde 1
  • Théodore BEBEY, The University of Maroua.

Edition House: Lincolm Europa

Selected references

Bakovic, Eric, 2000. Harmony, Dominance and Control. New Brunswick/Pickaway: Rutgers     University.

Barreteau, Daniel, 1983. « Phonémique et prosodie en higi. » In E. Wolff and H. Meyer-

Barreteau, Daniel, (1987). « Du vocalisme en tchadique . » In Daniel Barreteau (ed.),  Langues et cultures dans le bassin du Tchad. Paris, ORSTOM .

Bebey, Théodore, (2015). The Cartographic Syntax of Muyang : a Chadic Language Spoken in Northern Cameroon. Ph.D dissertation. University of Yaounde 1.

Cascali, F., Roderic, 2008. “ATR Harmony in African Languages.” In Language and Linguistics Compas Vol. 2, Issue 3. PP. 496-549.

Charette, Monik and Asli, Goksel, 1994. “Switching and Vowel Harmony in Turkic Languages.” In SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics. 4-52.

Clements, G. N., 1991. “Vowel Height Assimilation in Bantu Languages.” In Kathleen Hubbard, (ed.), Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Berkely Linguistic Society: Special Session on African Languages. Berkeley Linguistic Society. 25-64.

Chumbow B. S. 1982. “Ogory Vowel Harmony: An Autosegmental Perspective”. In Linguistic Analysis. Vol. 12. No. 1, 1-83

Firth, J., R., 1948. “Sounds and Prosodies. Transaction of the Philological Society.” In J. R. Firth, Papers in Linguistics 1934-1951. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

James, Roberts, 2001. “Phonological Features of Central Chadic Languages.” In Ngessimo P. Mutaka and Sammy Beban Chumbow, eds.), Research Mate in African Linguistics: Focus on Cameroon. 93-118. Koln: Ruddiger Koppe.

Halle, Morris and Vergnaud, Jean-Roger, 1981. “Harmony Processes.” In W. Keil and W. Levelt (eds.), Crossing the Boundaries in Linguistics. 1-22. Reidel: Dordrecht.

Haller, Breat, 1980. Phonology of Zulgo. MS. Yaoundé: SIL.

Harris, John, 1994. “Monovalency and Opacity: Chichewa Height Harmony.” Working Papers in Linguistics. 509-547.

Hoffmann, Carl, 1965. “A tentative Analysis of the Phonology of Higi.” Paper read at the 5th West African Languages Congress. Legon/Accra.

Hoskison, James, 1974. “Prosodies and Verb Stems in Gude.” Linguistics 141. PP. 17-26.

Hyman, Larry, 2007. “Niger-Congo Verb Extensions: Overview and Discussion.” In Doris L Payne and Jame Pena (eds), Selected Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. 149-163. Cascadilla Proceeding Project.

Inkelas, Sharon and Draga Zec, 1996. “Syntax-Phonology Interface”. In John A., Goldsmith, (ed.), The Handbook of Phonological Theory.

Kiparsky, Paul (1982). How Abstract is Phonology?”. In Explanations in Phonology no 4. Foris: Publication in Language Science. Pp. 119-163.

Marten, Lutz, 1996. “Swahili Vowel Harmony.”  In SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics. 61-75.

Mohrlang, Roger, 1971. “Vectors, Prosodies and Higi Vowels.” in Journal of African Linguistics, Vol. 10 n° 2.

Morgan, David, 1991. Vowel Harmony, Syllable Structure and the Causative extension in Bantu Language-Lobala. Unpublished, MA Thesis, SOAS.

Ndokobai Dadak, 2003. Esquisse phonologique du cuvok. Mémoire de Maîtrise. Université de Yaoundé 1.

Ousmanou, 2007. Phonologie lexicale du masa : dialecte yagoua parlé au Cameroun. Mémoire de DEA. Université de Yaoundé 1.

Oostendrop, Marc van, 2004. Aspects of Vowel Harmony. Rodes: University of the Agean.

Pearce, Mary Emily, 2004. Vowel Harmony in Kera. M.A, University College London.

Smith, Tony, 1999. Muyang Phonology. Ms. Yaoundé: SIL.

Smith, Tony and Gravina, Richard, 2010. The Phonology of Two Central Chadic Languages. SIL International and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Strabone,  Andrew and Sharon, Rose. “Morphophonological  Properties of Moro Causatives.” Paper Presented at ACAL 41.

Tourneux, Henri, 2000. Le système vocalique dans le groupe « kotoko». Article présenté au 3ème Congrès International des Langues Africaines, Lomé.

Vogo, R., M., 1976. “Theoretical Implication of Hungarian Vowel Harmony”. In Linguistic Inquiry Vol. 7, pp 243-263.

Wolff, Ekkehard, 1981. “Biu-Mandara Vowel Systems and Chadic Reconstructions”. In Twelfth Annual Conferences on African Linguistics. Stanford University, 10-12 April 1981.

Wolff, Ekkehard, 1983. “Reconstructing Vowels in Central Chadic.” In E. Wolff and H. Meyer-Bahlburg (eds.) Studies in Chadic and Afroasiatic Linguistics. PP.  211-232. Hamburg: Helmut Buske.

Zygmunt, 1981. “Some Rules Concerning Vowel Harmony in Chadic”. In Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African studies Vol 44. PP: 334-348. London:  University of London Press.

Lighter, Theodore, (1965).On the Description of Vowel and Consonant Harmony in Word 21, pp. 224-250.


Date(s)

  • Thursday, December 30, 2021

Keywords

  • vowel harmony, phonology, chadic languages, morphology

Contact(s)

  • Théodore Bebey
    courriel : bebeylawane [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Information source

  • Théodore Bebey
    courriel : bebeylawane [at] yahoo [dot] fr

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