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Title:When marking tone reduces fluency: an orthography experiment in Cameroon
Abstract:Should an alphabetic orthography for a tone language include tone marks? Opinion and practice are divided along three lines: zero marking, phonemic marking and various reduced marking schemes. This paper examines the success of phonemic tone marking for Dschang, a Grassfields Bantu language which uses tone to distinguish lexical items and some grammatical constructions. ... The experiment raises serious doubts about the suitability of the phonemic method of marking tone for languages having widespread tone sandhi effects, and lends support to the notion that a writing system should have ‘fixed word images’. A critical review of other experimental work on African tone orthography lays the groundwork for the experiment, and contributes to the establishment of a uniform experimental paradigm.
Contributor (author):Bird, Steven
Date (W3CDTF):1998
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/47890
Extent:31 pages
Identifier (URI):http://silcam.org/languages/languagepage.php?languageid=16
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL Cameroon
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):CM
Subject:Yemba language
tone language; orthography design; reading fluency; Africa; orthographic depth
Subject (ISO639):ybb
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Bird, Steven. 1998. SIL Cameroon.
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Country: Cameroon
Area: Africa

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