Aspects of makua phonology: the case of meto variety

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University of Dar es Salaam
This dissertation describes some phonological aspects of Makua from a primarily descriptive point of view taking Meto variety as the case study. The study has five chapters. Chapter one introduces the problem area. It classifies Meto among the varieties (dialects) of Makua as a Bantu language. It also provides statement of the problem, the objectives, hypotheses, significance of the study, and scope and limitations. Furthermore, it gives the literature review, the theoretical framework adopted, the methodology and procedures used in conducting the study. Chapter two describes the sounds of Meto. An inventory of Meto sounds, including consonants and vowels, has been established. The morpheme structure conditions and the structure of syllables have been critically analyzed. Chapter three concerns itself with describing various phonological processes, which affect vowels; whereas those affecting consonants are described in chapter four. The study reveals that these processes are natural and take place in order to accommodate the phonetic and morpheme structure conditions of the language. Finally a summary of findings, rules and conclusion is given in chapter five.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF PL8483.185)
makua phonology, meto variety, Bantu language, theoretical framework, consonants and vowels
Ismail, J H(2000), Aspects of makua phonology: the case of meto variety, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam