Floating quantity in Shilluk

Bert Remijsen, Otto Gwado Ayoker

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It is well known that floating tones can associate both within a word and across a word boundary. In relation to floating quantity, however, there is extensive evidence for association within a word, but not across a word boundary. The present paper presents evidence for the latter configuration in Shilluk, a West Nilotic language. Shilluk noun forms may end in floating quantity, and this quantity is realized only on following vocalic prefixes, that is, across a word boundary. The investigation includes a descriptive analysis of the phenomenon and a production study based on data from ten Shilluk speakers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e135-e156
Number of pages22
Issue number3
Early online date30 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • floating quantity
  • prosody
  • fusional morphology
  • compensatory lengthening
  • phonological weight
  • mora
  • Nilo-Saharan


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  • The noun phrase in Shilluk

    Remijsen, B. & Ayoker, O. G., 5 Jul 2021, A Descriptive Grammar of Shilluk. Hawai'i: Language Documentation & Conservation, Vol. Special publication 15. p. 1-91 91 p.

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