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7 Reduplication Reduplication is a very frequent phenomenon in Dime. , ts) are not used in partial reduplication. 116. ) being equal. Speech sounds can be ranked in terms of their relative sonority: voiceless oral stops have minimal sonority while low vowels have the highest degree of sonority of all speech sounds. All other sounds are ranked in between these two extreme points of the sonority scale. Phonology 35 117. deis kill ‘kill’ de-deis-déé-n RDP-kill-IPF-3/2 ‘is killing’ *deyeysid-e-n 118.

However, we observed that both /i⁄rfi⁄ ‘moon’ and /i⁄yi⁄ ‘sun’ in Dime are feminine by adjectival concord. No ambiguity is observed as informants reject the construction when the modifier is marked by a masculine gender. 18 */i⁄rfi⁄ mu⁄lmu⁄l-ub moon round-M Intended meaning: ‘The moon is round’ 19. */i⁄y–i⁄s gic‹c‹o⁄-b sun–DEF big-M Intended meaning: ‘The sun is big’ Some words referring to entities that have natural sex have different lexical forms for feminine and masculine. Examples: 20a. 20b.

53. 54. ne] [s#i/i] [s#ihi] ‘home country' ‘hand’ ‘wash’ ’smell (bad)’ [g] [Â] [dZa⁄Âe⁄] [dZagi ] ‘throw’ ‘rain with wind’ Chapter 2 18 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. ] ‘cattle’ ‘farm’ ‘guide/show’ ‘neck’ [ʁ ʁ] [֙] [gO֙o⁄] [gOÂo⁄] ‘inside’ ‘step back’ [x] [X] [doxt’u⁄] [doXsu⁄] [la⁄x] [laXub] ‘swirl’ ‘round’ ‘six’ ‘soft’ [x] [h] [box] [mEh] ‘knee’ ‘money’ The distribution of consonant phonemes in Dime In this section we demonstrate the various positions of phonemes in words and formations of consonant clusters.

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