The Phonological Processes in Olumarama: Nc Effects and Vowel Hiatus
Mulama, George Nanjira
MetadataShow full item record
This study investigates the phonological processes found in nasal consonant sequences and vowel hiatus resolution of Olumarama a dialect of Luhya spoken in Kakamega County, of Western Kenya. Olumarama is an under described language thus the need for further linguistic description of the language. The overriding objective of the study was to investigate the phonological processes found in Nasal Consonant sequences and vowel hiatus resolution in Olumarama and how Optimality Theory constraints account for the structure of the output. Since the root of these processes lies in the syllable, this study highlights the syllable structure of Olumarama. Data on NC effects and vowel hiatus resolution was generated by the researcher as a native speaker of Olumarama. Two respondents were then used to verify the data. This study is particularly important as it is based on the premises that the Nasal Consonant sequences and vowel hiatus resolution can be the source or product of various phonological processes in Olumarama. The study revealed that various phonological process apply in both the repair of NC sequences and vowel hiatus resolution and Optimality theory can account for the phonological alternations in the structure of words. This study is expected to help in the partial documentation of Olumarama. In addition, the study can be used as a resource in Luhya dialectal studies.