Iambic templates in Hausa morphology


  • Bartosz Kurzyca Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw


Hausa, iambic templates


Le travail presenté veut cerner le rôle du pied ïambique pour le haoussa, une langue tchadique tonale qui est la langue maternelle pour environ 30 mln des usagés au nord du Nigeria et au sud du Niger. Elle est aussi parlée par 30 mln des habitants des territoires qui s’étendent de l’Afrique de l’Ouest jusqu’au Soudan.

Proposant les analyses diachronique et synchronique de deux classes de mots (celle du nom et celle du verbe) de la langue haoussa, nous supposons que son caractère ïambique, bien qu'il n'influence pas directement sur la distribution de tons, détermine considérablement sa morphologie. Ainsi, le pied ïambique devient, avec la structure tonale, l'un des deux sous-systèmes de la prosodie de la langue haoussa.

Du côté de la forme, ce travail est basé sur la Théorie de l’optimalité. Néanmoins, nous nous éloignons du modèle standard en formulant directement les conditions prosodiques portant sur la taille de la lexie.


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How to Cite

Kurzyca, B. (2009). Iambic templates in Hausa morphology. Studies in African Languages and Cultures, (43), 21–97. Retrieved from https://salc.uw.edu.pl/index.php/SALC/article/view/47