Tonology of the Babanki Noun

Larry M. Hyman

Abstract


In the present paper and abstract analysis is proposed to account for a number of intricate tonal alternations found in Babanki, a Grassfields Bantu language of the Ring (Nkom) subgroup spoken in Cameroon. This analysis, which makes heavy use of floating tones in underlying forms differing markedly from their surface realizations, as well as postulating ten ordered tone rules, essentially recapitulates the tonal history of the language.

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