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dc.contributor.advisorPhyllis W. Mwangien_US
dc.contributor.advisorKenneth Ngureen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuria, Peter Mburu
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-21T09:26:39Z
dc.date.available2021-09-21T09:26:39Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/22571
dc.descriptionA Thesis Submitted to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, of Kenyatta University, March, 2021en_US
dc.description.abstractThis is a graphonological study of the Gĩkũyũ graphemic structure. The study sought to examine the extent to which the criteria for designing an orthography is observed, account for the graphemic structure of Gĩkũyũ using the Correspondence Theory, a sub-theory of Optimality Theory (OT), and evaluate the consequences of underrepresentation and overrepresentation of the orthography criteria on speakers and readers of Gĩkũyũ. Data was generated by respondents drawn from the five dialects of Gĩkũyũ, namely Gĩcũgũ, Mathĩra, Ndia, Northern Gĩkũyũ and Southern Gĩkũyũ. Each dialect produced six respondents, three males and three females, thus, a total of thirty respondents. They wrote translations of selected items from English to Gĩkũyũ to provide graphemic data. They then read their translations thus providing phonemic data. The phonemes and graphemes were pitted against the Principles of Orthography that underlie each criterion used in designing an orthography. To account for the graphemic structure, the data were analysed against OT constraints which were derived from the aforementioned principles. The findings include: the identification of hitherto unidentified vocalic concatenations; discovery of OT constraints that had not been used before; and, the establishment of Gĩkũyũ orthography as a deep orthography. The study recommends a phonetic study to establish the vowel space of Gĩkũyũ vowels, a revision of the Gĩkũyũ graphemic inventory so as to include the additional graphemes examined in this research, and, lastly, similar studies on Kenyan Bantu languages with a view of harmonizing their orthographies.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.subjectGraphonologicalen_US
dc.subjectGĩkũyũen_US
dc.subjectOptimality Approachen_US
dc.titleGraphonological Study of Gĩkũyũ: An Optimality Approachen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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