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Title: Luyia Tone Melodies
Author(s): EBARB, Kristopher J. , GREEN, Christopher R. , MARLO, Michael R.
Journal: Africana Linguistica
Volume: 20    Date: 2014   
Pages: 121-143
DOI: 10.2143/AL.20.0.3062065

Abstract :
This paper offers an overview of verbal tone melodies within Luyia, a cluster of Bantu languages spoken in Kenya and Uganda. Luyia tone is diverse, possessing three types of verbal tonal systems: ‘conservative’, ‘predictable’, and ‘reversive’. We illustrate the general tonal characteristics of each type of system with an exemplar language variety, describing the complex interactions of lexical and melodic tones.

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