A topological study of Meetto -Makua of Southern Tanzania.

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University of Dar es Salaam
This thesis is Topological study of Meetto-Makua of Southern Tanzania. It investigates tone behaviour in infinitive-, finite verbs, nouns and adjectives using Auto segmental phonology as its theoretical framework. Data were collected through interviews with the native speakers of Meetto-Makua using direct elicitation technique, The interviews were conducted in Kiswahili; with translation gmc tally from Kiswahili equals into Meetto-Makua. Our approach was, therefore, that each interviewee pronounces a word in the word or sentence list in order to ensure reliability. There are several tonological rules that are active in the language. The rules are stem accent assignment, stem accent copying, accent-BTM association, accent deletion, ultimate stem accent back hopping, high spread and final spread. The stem accent assignment rule is the one that assigns an accent to the first syllable of the stem. Once the accent is assigned to the stem, it is subject to different tonological rules, depending on whether the grammatical category involved h" OP or not -id for nouns and adjectives the number of syllables in the structure. When the accent is assigned to the first syllable of the stem, the H lone spreads three or more syllables to the right pushing the Low to ultimate syllable. The study, therefore, investigates the behaviour of tone at grammatical and lexical levels and documenting the behaviour of Meetto-Maker tone, while providing fundamental linguistic description of Meetto-Makua language and contributing generally to the study of Bantu tonology and phonology.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF PL8483.I852)
Makua language, Meeto - Makua language, Tone, Mozambique, Tanzania
Ismail, J. H. (2011). A topological study of Meetto -Makua of Southern Tanzania. Doctoral dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.