By Anne Storch
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 paintings and self-actualization, and infrequently as a medium of writing. it truly is spoken in the house and in public areas, by way of really huge numbers of people that determine themselves as Luwo and as participants of all types of different teams. for you to supply insights into those dynamic and various realities of Luwo, this ebook includes either a concise description and research of the linguistic positive factors and buildings 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, conception and cognition. In all sections of this learn, sociolinguistic details is supplied anyplace this can be worthy and attainable, specific info at the semantics of grammatical good points and structures is given, and discussions of theory-oriented ways to varied linguistic positive aspects of Luwo are offered.
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But not firmly’, /cúgcúk/ ‘move/happen straight away’, /hàrhàr/ ‘flame coming up suddenly’ Chapter 2. 2 Vowels Luwo has twenty phonemic vowels. ), where it is stated that the vowels are organised in two asymmetrical sets with four short [-breathy] and five short [+breathy] vowels (Buth uses the terms ‘hard’ and ‘breathy’); this could not be verified by my own data, which suggests that there are, rather, two symmetric sets. 2. Short vowel phonemes [-ex, -breathy] [+ex, +breathy] ɪ ʊ ɪ̤ ʊ̤ ɛ ɔ ɛ̤ ɔ̤ a ǝ̤ The five [+ breathy vowels] are represented as /i, e, ʌ, o, u/ in the present study.
Consequently, state verbs are treated as adjectives, aspect forms as tenses, and so on. But Santandrea was obviously able to obtain deep insights into Luwo, and seems to have been quite knowledgeable about the language; he therefore presents excellent data, and very useful analyses of idiomatic language and some discourse features of Luwo. The second part is a bit difficult to use, as it unsystematically assembles sections on various features, such as phonological variation and verb paradigms. It does, however, contain large passages of Luwo texts.
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. A. Stops There is little allophonic variation among stops. Occasionally, /k/ becomes /ɣ/ in intervocalic position. All stops, with the exception of the glottal stop, have a distinction for voice in morpheme- and word-initial position.