PHONOLOGY OF MMAK DIALECT OF IGBO: A NATURAL PHONOLOGY APPROACH

AUTHOR: OBASI EMMANUEL CHUKWUEMEKA

DEPARTMENT: LINGUISTICS

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This work discusses the phonology of M 􁈗 màk ̀dialect of Igbo, using natural phonology as a theoretical framework. It investigates the segmental phonemes of the dialect, pointing out those not accounted for in the standard Ọ􁈖 nw ́ orthography. It also studies the phonological processes in M 􁈗 màk- ̀Igbo, through which it discovers the simplification/substitution processes which M􁈗 màk ̀children adopt in their one word stage of the first language acquisition. It accounts for the vowel harmony situation in M 􁈗 màk ̀dialect and proposes an orthography for writing M 􁈗 màk ̀ dialect. The data for this research were collected through primary and secondary sources. From the data, the sound patterns of M 􁈗 màk ̀dialect are properly identified and described. This work discovers that some M 􁈗 màk ̀children in their one word stage observe aspirated segments especially the velar consonant [k], which may modifies later in their adult speech ages. Other phonological features like assimilation, elision, vowel reduplication and homorganicity of nasals are discovered in M 􁈗 màk ̀ dialect especially from the adult speech patterns. We recommend other areas of the M 􁈗 màk ̀dialect phonology that are not within the scope of this work to other interested researchers for further studies.

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