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Title: Kuria Tone Melodies
Author(s): MARLO, Michael R. , CHACHA MWITA, Leonard , PASTER, Mary
Journal: Africana Linguistica
Volume: 20    Date: 2014   
Pages: 277-294
DOI: 10.2143/AL.20.0.3062073

Abstract :
In this paper, we provide an overview of Kuria tone melodies, which are notable in the positions targeted by the melodic H, including the third and fourth moras of the verb macrostem. For some speakers, the moras of the word following the verb are part of the representation when the melodic H is assigned to the verb. We also discuss certain complications to the melodic system in imperatives and some negative verb forms, which involve differences in the way in which otherwise regular patterns of spreading apply and in the realization of the melodic H on the final vowel.

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