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Tone and prosody in Shekgalagari

Goal: Describe important tonal and prosodic features in Shekgalagari (Kgalagadi), a Bantu language of Botswana

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Thera Marie Crane
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GOAL OF PAPER • Describe and explain spreading and downstep in Shekgalagari, proposing that -Downstep in Shekgalagari is a late operation based on phrase structure - Downstep conditioning can best be explained through “cophonologies” (e.g. Inkelas 1998) that form MINOR PHRASES based on grammatical/syntactic information and (possibly) phonological structure (syllabicity). - All tonal operations (bounded spreading and downstep) take place after minor phrase formation - Shekgalagari has a privative H/Ø tone system at the lexical level, and downstep can be accounted for in Shekgalagari without a L tone
Thera Marie Crane
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Describe important tonal and prosodic features in Shekgalagari (Kgalagadi), a Bantu language of Botswana