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Title: Melodic Tones in Orungu (Bantu B11b)
Author(s): MANIACKY, Jacky , AMBOUROUE, Odette
Journal: Africana Linguistica
Volume: 20    Date: 2014   
Pages: 243-261
DOI: 10.2143/AL.20.0.3062071

Abstract :
Verbs in Orungu (Bantu B11b) are characterized by the use of melodic tones in verbal paradigms, with particular tone patterns being associated with certain tenses/aspects. We discuss these six patterns along with a new analysis of the verbal tonology of the language. Two of these melodies are responsible for a remarkable neutralization in the intonational phrase. The distribution of the melodies and their predictability are examined.

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