A Grammar of Supyire by Robert Carlson

By Robert Carlson

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Approximant formation When three of the eight anaphoric pronouns precede a vowel-initial clitic, they do not allow the assimilation of their vowels as described above. Instead, the vowel's length (or 'vowelness') is transferred to the clitic's vowel, but its other features remain as an approximant. This is most clearly seen in the gender 1 singular i/, which instead of simply merging with the following clitic, changes to [wV]. This change is not written in the orthography. (73) Ku it kan give u ä.

Approximant formation When three of the eight anaphoric pronouns precede a vowel-initial clitic, they do not allow the assimilation of their vowels as described above. Instead, the vowel's length (or 'vowelness') is transferred to the clitic's vowel, but its other features remain as an approximant. This is most clearly seen in the gender 1 singular i/, which instead of simply merging with the following clitic, changes to [wV]. This change is not written in the orthography. (73) Ku it kan give u ä.

It is then easy to hear if secondary 28 Chapter 2: Phonology release follows or not. Without this help, the secondary release is difficult to detect, though it does show up clearly on a spectrogram as a lengthening of the approximant articulation. off [w:u] cf. colored [w:o] cf. spirit cf. up [yiri] yyere call cf. yebe split [yebe] [y:ere] As is clear from the examples, the orthography employed for Supyire uses y for secondary release before front vowels and /a/, and w for secondary release before back vowels, whatever the actual phonetic realization, and although there is no contrast.

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