A PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE GLOTTAL STOP / ? / IN ÒWÈRÉ DIALECT OF IGBO

AUTHOR: NWANKWERE A. U. N.

FROM: THE DIGNITY OF A FRENCH TEACHER: CELEBRATING PROF. JULIE AGBASIERE

This paper attempts to use adequate data in a phonological analysis of the glottal stop /?/ occurring in Òwèré dialect (OD) of the Igbo language. Employing a descriptive approach, it seeks to substantiate the distinctiveness of /?/ by carrying out minimal pair tests on it, outlining its various phonemic positions or distributional patterns in OD words, and discussing the phonological processes that affect it. Data for the study have been drawn from conversations between native speakers compiled over a period of time, and not from any conventional word list¹. The result of the analysis shows that the glottal stop is distinctive in OD and features in words performing some grammatical functions. It is prevalent in function words like conjunctions, preposition, question words, exclamations, and responses.While occurring in very few nouns, it mostly features in the CV perfective suffix to verbs: /-?V/, and rarely in the infinitive form. This poor or lack of susceptibility to verbs accounts for its very limited distribution or occurrence in OD words. It undergoes phonological processes, like, nasalization and elision which result to tonal elision. It equally shares the same syllable structure and many other properties of Igbo consonants. Therefore, it is a contrastive sound of the Igbo language and should be recognized and listed as such in the phonemic inventory of the language.       

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