A Grammar of Luwo: An anthropological approach by Anne Storch

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This ebook is an outline of Luwo, a Western Nilotic language of South Sudan. Luwo is utilized by multilingual, dynamic groups of perform as one language between others that shape person and versatile repertoires. it's a language that serves as a way of expressing the Self, as a medium of artwork and self-actualization, and occasionally as a medium of writing. it really is spoken in the house and in public areas, through relatively huge numbers of people that determine themselves as Luwo and as individuals of every kind of alternative teams. with the intention to offer insights into those dynamic and numerous realities of Luwo, this e-book comprises either a concise description and research of the linguistic positive factors and constructions of Luwo, and an method of the anthropological linguistics of this language. The latter is gifted within the kind of separate chapters on ownership, quantity, experiencer buildings, spatial orientation, notion and cognition. In all sections of this research, sociolinguistic info is supplied anyplace this is often necessary and attainable, specified info at the semantics of grammatical good points and structures is given, and discussions of theory-oriented ways to numerous linguistic good points of Luwo are awarded.

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5. 1 Consonants Luwo exhibits a typical Western Nilotic consonant inventory, which comprises of nineteen consonant phonemes. These contrast in six places of articulation. There are no fricatives. While stops and nasals form a symmetric sub-system in five contrastive places of articulation, the liquids and glides occur in one or two points of articulation only. 1. Consonant inventory bilabial dental alveolar palatal velar glottal ʔ voiceless stops p t̪ t c k voiced stops b d̪ d j g nasals m n̪ n ɲ ŋ trilled rhotic r lateral l glides w y  A Grammar of Luwo: An anthropological approach All consonant qualities occur in a morpheme-initial position, while there is much variation in their frequency in a morpheme-final position.

Storch (2004) and Storch & Vossen (2007) explore the domain of smell and taste terms, a field that has not been looked at in Nilotic studies before. These studies, as well as Heyking & Storch (2008), have been inspired by approaches developed in cognitive linguistics, and aim at a deeper understanding of how objects and events can be viewed by speakers of Lwoo languages. This is also the focus of Storch (2014), where the semantics of number are explored. Studies on language contact and the social history of Luwo are Storch (2003, 2005b, 2007) and Lüpke & Storch (2013).

Given this uncertainty concerning the reconstruction of the underlying morphophonological processes, we will have to hypothesize that, as in other Northern Lwoo languages, the resulting consonant qualities have no phonemic value in Luwo either, as they can be assumed to be fully predictable and governed by a number of morphosyntactic rules. Long consonants (interpreted here as a sequence of two separate – and formerly possibly different – consonant phonemes) in Luwo never occur in word- or morpheme-initial position, and never at the end of a word.

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