ASPECTS OF BÀNSÁRÀ PHONOLOGY

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INTRODUCTION
1.1 General Introduction
This study discusses the phonology of Bànsárà language, a language spoken in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross-River state, Nigeria.
Phonology is that branch of linguistics that studies the organization of speech sounds in human language. It is the component of grammar that accounts for the general pattern or structure of sounds, and the way sounds relate to one another in normal speech.
In human language, sounds (consonants, vowels and suprasegments) enter into different relationships that produce meaning. For instance, some combinations of sounds are acceptable and meaningful while some are regarded as anomalous and meaningless. The various meaning combinations and the way they affect pronunciation are the main focus of phonology, Basic Linguistics (2011:38).
This introductory chapter will discuss some facts on the speakers of the Bànsárà language, majorly looking into their historical background, sociocultural profile, genetic classification, scope and organization of study and brief review of the chosen framework.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page…………..………………………………….i
Certification………...………………………………….ii
Dedication…...………………………………………...iii
Acknowledgements………...………………………….iv
Table of Contents………………………………………vi

CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION
1.1   General Background…….…………………………1
1.2   Historical Background……………….…………….2
1.2.1 Historical Background of Bansara people……........3
1.3      Socio-cultural profile of Bansara people….……….4
1.3.1 Occupation…………………………………………4
1.3.2   Food……………………………………………......5
1.3.3   Mode of Dressing…………..……………………...5
1.3.4    Festival……………………..……………………....5-6
1.3.5   Naming ceremony………………………..……...…6
1.3.6 Marriage……..…………………………………......6-7
1.3.7 Burial activities……………..……………………....7-8
1.3.8 Political system and Administration……..………....8
1.4 Genetic classification….…………………………….8-10
1.5     Scope and Organization of study………...…………11
1.6   Theoretical Framework………………………….......11-12
1.7     Data Collection........……………………………......12-13
1.8 Data Analysis ….……………………..………….....13-14
1.9  Brief Review of Chosen Framework………………..14-15

CHAPTER TWO: SOUND INVENTORY
2.1 Introduction…………………..…………………………16
2.2   Sound Inventory………………………………………...16-17
2.2.1  Consonants of Bansara………………………………….17-18
2.2.2  Description and Distribution of Bansara Consonants…...19-27
2.3   The Bansara Vowels……………………………….………27-28
2.3.1 Description and Distribution of Bansara Vowels.........…...28-32
2.4 Distinctive Feature Matrix for Bansara sounds….………….33
2.4.1 Distinctive Feature matrix for Bansara Consonants.….......34
2.4.2 Distinctive Feature Matrix for Bansara Vowels…………..36
2.4.3 Justifications for Feature Used…...………………………36-38
2.5    Bansara Tonal Inventory………………………………….39-40
2.6      The  Syllable structure of Bansara..……………………...40-41
2.6.1  Closed syllable in Bansara Language…..………………...41
2.6.2  Open syllable in Bansara Language……………………..41-42
2.7  The syllable Inventory………………...………………….42
2.7.1 Mono syllabic words……………………..……………….42-43
2.7.2   Bi syllabic words…………………………………………..43-44
2.7.3  Tri syllabic words…………………………………………44
2.7.4    Quadric syllabic words……………………………………..45

CHAPTER THREE: PHONOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN BANSARA
3.1     Introduction……………….……………………………………46
3.2     Labialization…..………………………………………………..46-47
3.3     Palatalization….……….……….……………………………….47-48
3.4     Vowel Harmony……..………………………………………….48-50
3.5      Deletion…………………………………………………………50-51
3.6     Nasalization..……………………………………………………51-53

CHAPTER FOUR: TONAL PROCESSES
4.1   Introduction…………………………………………………….....54
4.2    Tone Elision……….……………….……………………………54-55
4.3 Tone Stability…………………………………………………….55-56

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATION
5.1      Summary…………………………………………………………...57-58
5.2      Conclusion…………………………………………………………58
5.3      Recommendation……………………………………………..........58-59
References……………………………………………………….....60-61


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MOBOLAJI, O (2018). ASPECTS OF BÀNSÁRÀ PHONOLOGY. Afribary.com: Retrieved May 06, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/aspects-of-bansara-phonology-5997

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OBADARA, MOBOLAJI. "ASPECTS OF BÀNSÁRÀ PHONOLOGY" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 29 Jan. 2018, https://afribary.com/works/aspects-of-bansara-phonology-5997 . Accessed 06 May. 2021.

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OBADARA, MOBOLAJI. "ASPECTS OF BÀNSÁRÀ PHONOLOGY" Afribary.com (2018). Accessed May 06, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/aspects-of-bansara-phonology-5997