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By Joseph Dele Atoyebi

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ISBN-13: 9783896455536

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23. N/ /éjóN/ (b) [éLV] ‘to buy’ ‘to remember/smell/show’ ‘palmwine’ [j], an oral palatal which occurs elsewhere: /jé/ [jé] ‘to call/ summon’ /ójí/ [ójí] ‘rope’ /éjí/ [éjí] /jCKrC/ [jCKrC] ‘to follow’ ‘sun’ 24. / w /, a voiced labial-velar central approximant with two (a) [ww], a labialized velar nasal which occurs only in front of a (b) allophones, nasalized vowel: /wa@/? w>@/? [Wwa@]? Ww>@]? 5 [LO]@? [LC@]? ] [ewùrQ] ‘to hear’ ‘ashes’ Detailed description of Ò# ko# vowels A detailed description of vowels in Òko is presented in this section.

The following examples show their distribution. pa@]? rCK/ ? páN i. CV ‘workplace’ ‘scorpion’ The following statements can be made on the nature of the syllable Phonologically, there are no consonant clusters in Òko syllables. That is, /CC/ structures are not permitted. However, [CC] may be permitted where the second [C] is a glide, namely, [j] or [w]. Hence, (4) [Cj] or [Cw] (cf. 4). /síárCK/ /éfúá/ ii. [sjárCK] [éfwá] ‘to play’ ‘saliva’ All syllables must end in V, except for syllables with vN sequence.

1 Introduction In this chapter, which is a sequel to the previous one, I examine the most important properties of sound patterns in Òko. I describe the phonotactics and some phonological processes in the language. This chapter also includes a detailed discussion of vowel harmony and an examination of the tone system of Òko. Like in the previous chapter, I make use of IPA symbols in the presentation of language examples in this chapter, the only exception is the use of the archiphoneme N to indicate the syllable-final N.

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