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SIL Electronic Working Papers 2004-003
Morphophonemic orthographies in fusional languages: the cases of Dinka and Shilluk
Gilley, Leoma G.
Fusional languages present exceptional challenges to orthography development. This paper discusses the solutions proposed for writing Shilluk and Dinka. The issues of word structure, vowel qualities, vowel and consonant length, tone and consonant alternations are examined. The orthographic choices shown reflect a morphonemic solution as opposed to a phonemic one. The result is that the languages are easier for native speakers to read.
|Morphophonemic orthographies in fusional languages: the cases of Dinka and Shilluk|
Dinka, Northeastern [dip]
Dinka, South Central [dib]
Dinka, Southeastern [dks]
Dinka, Southwestern [dik]
|Keywords||orthography; Shilluk; Dinka; morphophonemic; approach; Orthography; Morphophonemics|