A phonetico-semantic analysis of verb-noun contractions in Yoruba

Authors

  • B. Rotimi Badejo

Keywords:

vowel elision, semantic dissimilation, Yoruba

Abstract

This paper highlights the various studies which have been carried out to determine the rules which govern the elision of one of the vowels in a verb-noun concatenation where the verb is vowel-final and the noun vowel-initial. It proposes that there are basically three phonological rules which come into play at the Deep Structure Level. However, at the Surface Structure Level, the paper recognizes that there is a Semantic Dissimilation Principle (SDP), which may block the application of otherwise well-motivated rules. The SDP, then, guarantees maximal perceptual distance between otherwise homophonous products of the phonological rules.

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Published

1986-04-01