Allomorphy in Masarak's second person

Ruth Brillman

Abstract


Masarak (also known as Masalit, sometimes spelled Massaleit) is a highly endangered,previously undocumented Nilo-Saharan language spoken in Darfur. The language is characterized by complicated agreement patterns, and the imperative, prohibitive and 2nd person agreement systems are particularly complex. These systems exhibit a web of stem alternations and agreement allomorphy conditioned by varying factors, such as verb class, stem phonology, and grammatical properties such as aspect. This paper provides a detailed outline of the morphology and morphophonology of Masarak's imperative, prohibitive and 2nd person systems.


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Working Papers of the Linguistics Circle

EISSN: 1920-440X
ISSN: 1200-3344

University of Victoria