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Underspecified Tone in Tommo So (Dogon, Mali)

By Laura Mcpherson


Most available descriptions of African tone systems indicate the presence of two to four tone levels, with or without contour tones. The Bantu literature may report the existence of a privative tone system, with either H or L standing in opposition to the absence of tone (Ø), though the null tone is generally assumed to be filled in by default later (e.g. L-insertion in Chichewa, Mtenje 1987, Kanerv

Year: 2013
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