Firmin Ahoua: Prosodic Aspects of Baule [PDF]


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With Special Reference to the German of Baule Speakers
GA Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 6

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220 pp.
1 map, 65 tables, 13 diagrams, 6 graphs

Text language: English

Baule / Baoulé / Bawoulé is the major language of Côte d’Ivoire / West Africa with appr. 5,5 mio. speakers (source: Wikipedia 2020). Genealogically it belongs to the Kwa languages (Niger-Congo). This book is devoted to the prosody of Baule with the main emphasis on syllable template, tonal rules and aspects of intonation.

Taking Baule as an example, the author examines the importance of rhythm and intonation in West African tonal languages. Furthermore, parallels and differences between the prosody of Baule and German are described.

Under these links you will find descriptions of further Kwa languages and cultures of West Africa:

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