PHONOLOGY OF OGHE

AUTHOR: IGBOEME, NNENNA. J

DEPARTMENT: LINGUISTICS

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA

Phonology constitutes the segmental phonemes that is, the consonants and the vowels and also the suprasegmentals and other phonological processes. The operation of phonemes revolves around these phonological features. This work therefore sets out to investigate the operation of phonemes in Oghe. This is achieved by examining the various dimensions of phonology focusing on the distribution and description of phonemes using the Roger Blench word list and Thomas 1992 sentence list. Employing the descriptive approach, this study establishes that there exist some sounds in Oghe which do not exist in the standard dialect. Such sounds are the voiceless labialized bilabial fricative /фʷ/, the voiceless bilabial fricative /ф /, the voiced labio velar fricative /hw/, the voiced labio dental nasal /m/ and the schwa sound /ə/. It has been also identified that there are some sounds which exist in standard Igbo but have substitute in Oghe dialect . The words of Oghe has seven basic syllable types namely. N, v, cv, vcv ,cvcv, vcvcv, vcvcvcv. Oghe has three tones, the high tone /􀀀/, the low tone /􀀀/ and the down step /-/. A gliding tone can however, be realised only in place of liaison in the dialect. The phonological processes have been discussed with focus on assimilation, elision, vowel harmony and liaison.

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