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Title: Melodic Tone in Totela TAM
Author(s): CRANE, Thera
Journal: Africana Linguistica
Volume: 20 Date: 2014
Most Totela tense, aspect, and mood forms take one of three patterns of melodic H tones. In the first pattern, only lexical Hs are present. In the second, a melodic H surfaces on the first stem mora, barring interference from general tone constraints such as Meeussen’s Rule. In the third pattern, the melodic H surfaces on the penultimate mora of the stem. Melodic H assignment is also conditioned by prohibitions against two adjacent Hs in the output. All tone melodies in Totela are affected by across-the-board application of H-tone anticipation, in which Hs shift one syllable to the left. In this paper, the three major tone patterns are presented, along with their variations and interactions with other tonal processes. Several minor patterns are also described.