Research Papers/Topics in Yoruba Linguistics

Phoneme /l/ and its Allophones in the South-East Yoruba Dialects (SEY): An Optimality Theory Account

There is no issue surrounding the phonemic status of consonants [l and n] in the Standard Yorùbá. It is proven that consonants [l and n] are allophones of the same phoneme which establishes the fact that l~n alternation does exist in the SY. Phoneme /l/ has two allophones: [l] and [n]; consonant [l] occurs before an oral vowel and consonant [n] occurs before a nasal vowel.There are two schools of thought on the phonemic status of consonants [l and n] in the South-East Yorùbá dialects; a s...

Phonemes ͻ̃ and ã and their Allophones in the South-East Yoruba (SEY) Dialects: An Optimality Theory Account

The manifestation of ͻ̃~ã is recorded in the Standard Yorùbá (SY) which is contrast to what we know in the South-East Yorùbá. This simply means vowels [ͻ̃ and ã] are known to be allophones of the same phoneme (/ã/) in the Standard Yorùbá (SY). In other words, there is ͻ̃~ã in SY. Can we say the same in the South-East Yorùbá? Are [ͻ̃ and ã] allophones of the same phoneme in the SEY? Does ͻ̃~ã really exist in the South-East Yorùbá?Hence, this study brings a contrast ...

Phoneme /h/ and its Allophones in the South-East Yoruba (SEY) Dialects: An Optimality Theory Account

It is known that an allophone is a non-contrastive segment. Less attention is given to its understanding because most scholars believe it is narrow in nature but there are more to allophonic variations across dialects of a language than what we know in the standard form of such language. Yorùbá is not exempted on this.Most (typical) native speakers of Yorùbá language find it difficult to produce /h/ in their day-to-day conversation which is why phoneme /h/ is mostly replaced with other so...

Lexical Morphology In Yoruba Language Engineering

ABSTRACTThis study is concerned with the identification, description and analysis of the lexical items that are enriching the Yorùbá language in its continuous attempt to capture new and emerging ideas and notions, consequent upon challenges posed by advancement in the areas of education, science, technology, politics and public administration in the modern times. The study reveals that the new words are generated by certain categories of speakers in the society. They are groupe...

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ÌTÀN AYÉ ỌLÁDẸ̀JỌ ÒKÉDÌJÍ

It's the biography of  ỌLÁDẸ̀JỌ ÒKÉDÌJÍ,a popular Yoruba author.

ALLOPHONIC VARIATION IN SELECTED YORÙBÁ DIALECTS AN OPTIMALITY THEORY ACCOUNT

ABSTRACTThis study is concerned with the allophonic variations across selected dialects of Yorùbá; an account of optimality theory.This study reveals there are more to allophonic variations across Yorùbá dialects than what we know in Standard Yorùbá (SY); that vowel /ã/ as a phoneme has three allophones ([ã], [ͻ̃], and [ε̃]): vowel [â] occurs after a bilabial related consonant; vowel [ͻ̃] occurs after others: vowel [ε̃] only occurs in few words like yẹn’that’, wọ̀ny...