Research Papers/Topics in Yoruba Linguistics

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...