Topics in the Morphophonology of Nilotic - Winter Semester 2020/21

Jochen Trommer

Modul 1009 Theorie und Praxis sprachwissenschaftlicher Forschung • Donnerstag 09:15-10:45

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Nilotic languages show a unique concentration of morphophonological complexity. Dense nonconcatenative morphology for different phonological features (Trommer 2011), polarity phenomena (de Lacy 2012), dominance and stratification in vowel harmony processes (Noske 2000, Lesley-Neuman 2012), and still hardly understood tonal systems (Yokwe 1986). In this course, we will cover all these topics focussing on the theoretical modelling of the morphology-phonology interface.


Preliminary Program

Theoretical Topics Reading Assignment Additional Literature Languages
Introduction: Trommer (2011):ch. 1 Western Nilotic
Affix-specific phonology: Flack (2007) Trommer (2015) Dinka
Tone polarity: Trommer (2005) Kouneli & Nie Kanuri and Kipsigis
Cycles and scope: Bakovic (2001) Noske (2000) Maasai and Turkana
Multiple feature mutation: Wolf (2005) Trommer (2012) Nuer
Chain shifts: Trommer (2011):ch. 6.3 Trommer (2016) Thok Reel and Mayak
Phonological suppletion: Yokwe (1986) Trommer & Gleim (2017) Bari
Tonal overwriting: Andersen (1992) Trommer (2020) Dinka
Subtonal morphology: Stirtz (2011) Trommer (2016) Gaahmg

Portfolio Assignments

General Literature

Descriptive Grammars

Literature on Specific Phenomena

Vowel Harmony: (see also Lesley-Neuman 2012 and Novelli 1985 for Karimojong, Andersen 2007 on Kurmuk, Schrock 2014 on Ik, Worku 2020 on Mursi, Kutsch Lojenga 1994 on Ngiti, Jouannet 1982 on Kanembou, Kauczor 1920 on Bergnubisch).

Vocalic Chain Shifts:

Vowel Length:


Consonant Mutation:


My own Work


Jochen Trommer
Institut für Linguistik
Universität Leipzig

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