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The Phonology of Chichewa

Laura J. Downing and Al Mtenje


Bantu languages have played and continue to play an important role as a source of data illustrating core phonological processes—vowel harmony, nasal place assimilation, postnasal laryngeal alternations, tonal phenomena such as high tone spread and the OCP, prosodic morphology, and the phonology–syntax interface. Chichewa, in particular, has been a key language in the development of theoretical approaches to these phonological phenomena. This book provides thorough descriptive coverage, presented in a clear, atheoretical manner, of the full range of phonological phenomena of Chichewa. Less well ... More

Keywords: Bantu languages, vowel harmony, prosodic morphology, nasal place assimilation, phonology–syntax interface, focus prosody, intonation, tone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724742
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198724742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura J. Downing, author
Professor of African Languages, University of Gothenburg

Al Mtenje, author
Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Malawi