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Phonological Processes And Morphemics

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The present analysis of Rabha accommodates morphophonemic alternations understood as instances of alternations between phonemes at morphemic boundaries in statements of allomorphs, but does not establish morphophonemes and a set of rules to accompany them. Phonemic transcriptions can be read off without having to decode them with context-specific rules. However, this has the minor disadvantage of not revealing some possible generalisations that could be arrived at regarding the phonological processes and variations at work in synchronic Rabha. Morphemes in Rabha are composed of segmental phonemes of consonants and vowels, the suprasegmental phoneme of tone and, in some cases, a phoneme of juncture. The phoneme of juncture is not a property of a single morpheme but of a sequence of morphemes. In Rabha there are no instances of a morpheme consisting only of a suprasegmental phoneme.

Keywords: morpheme; phonemic transcriptions; phonological processes; Rabha



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