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TitlePhonological sketch of Mushuau Innu (Davis Inlet Naskapi)
AuthorScott, Mark, 1974-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2001. Linguistics
Paginationxi, 251 leaves : map.
SubjectMontagnais language--Newfoundland and Labrador--Davis Inlet--Phonology; Naskapi language--Newfoundland and Labrador--Davis Inlet--Phonology;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Linguistics.
Spatial CoverageCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador--Davis Inlet
NotesBibliography: leaves 247-251
AbstractThe thesis, using data collected by Jose Mailhot in 1971, sketches the distribution of phones and their assignment to phonemes in the phonology of Mushuau Innu (Davis Inlet Naskapi), an Algonquian language spoken in north-eastern Labrador, which belongs to the Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi (CMN) language complex. Mushuau Innu phonology is described in linear and non-linear terms: processes are described in Sound Pattern of English-style phonology; feature-geometry and syllable structure are then used to elucidate these processes further. Metrical theory is used to describe stress assignment. The Obligatory Contour Principle is invoked to explain epenthesis. Sonority Sequencing is used to determine the status (segmental versus cluster) of complex phones. Syllable structure and underspecification are used to account for alternation between [n] and [y]; this alternation is then shown to cause optional insertion of [n] before initial /i/ (prothetic [n]). Some comparison between the phonologies of Mushuau Innu and related CMN dialects is given.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera1522624
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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