Some Aspects of the Lexical Phonology And Morphology of Tigrigna

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There are different theories of phonology with different arguments and claims. Among these, Lexical Phonology and Morphology (LMP) is one. And having its interesting innovations, the claims of the theory have not been applied on Tigrigna - an Ethio-Semitic language. This is the main objective that this study tries to deal with. To do so, it is found important first to briefly touch upon the phonological description of the language. Accordingly, first a brief presentation is made on the phoneme inventory of the language where 27 consonant and 7 vowel segments are identified. In the subsequent chapters, the phonological and morphological processes in the language are discussed. Accordingly, the phonological processes of deletion, insertion, and assimilation have been discussed with relevant examples. Next, different morphological processes: suffixation, prefixation, circumfixation, infixation, compounding, cliticization, and zero derivation have been outlined with relevant examples. These two chapters serve as the scene for the discussion of the major theoretical claims of LPM. Subsequently, the following chapter deals with issues that the theory of LPM innovated. The discussion made on the morphological processes of the language shows that Tigrigna has rich morphology. Accordingly, the study assumes that a three strata lexicon for Tigrigna. Stratum I mainly host word formation processes come from 'root-and-pattern' type. In Stratum II, comprise different morphological processes of the language take place. The next lexical level, Stratum III hosts compounding. Besides, some of the basic theoretical assumptions that the theory of LPM introduced i.e. the Strict Cyclic Condition (SCC), Bracket Erasure Convention, (BEC) and Elsewhere Condition (EC) have been discussed in light of the Tigrigna language.



Lexical Phonology