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The mankon language and its transcription

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The Mankon language belongs to the Bantu family. It has noun classes, concords, and phonological tones. J. Leroy worked on its complex morphology and syntax in 1977 and 2007. The phonology of consonants differs, depending on their position, whether root initial or intervocalic and final. This yields two different phonological charts of the consonants. Consequently, the phonological consonants may present disconcerting realisations and it is impossible to device an orthography that would conform strictly to the phonology. The Mankon Language Committee (MALACO) has acknowledged the difficulty and produced an alphabet with the assistance of professional linguists. The alphabet is a compromise between the emic structure and their etic realisations. It is used in the Committee's publications, such as the Mankon diary.

Keywords: Bantu family; Mankon Language; Mankon Language Committee; phonological charts; transcription



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