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dc.contributor.advisorGerry Ayiekoen_US
dc.contributor.authorMutua, Everlyn Mbinya
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-30T07:51:31Z
dc.date.available2024-01-30T07:51:31Z
dc.date.issued2023-10
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/27330
dc.descriptionA research project submitted to the School of Law, arts and social sciences in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts (linguistics) of Kenyatta University, October 2023en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study was aimed at studying the aspects of the tone patterns of the Kikamba noun phrases using the Optimality Theory. The study attempted to establish the tone processes and patterns in the Kikamba Noun phrases especially the Machakos dialect. Kikamba MDK, just like any other language has dialectical variations and therefore our study focused on Machakos variety. This study also aimed at establishing the functions of the tone processes are in the Kikamba language especially the MDK noun phrase. It further attempted to establish some of the Optimality Theory constraints that govern the tone processes in the MDK noun phrase. The study also tried to analyze the tone processes and present them in tableau using the constraints of Optimality Theory. The motivation of the study stems from the presumption that Optimality Theory is a universal theory that can account for the analysis of tone in any language. The study targeted residents of Mumbuni location, Machakos County. Systemic convenient sampling method was used to select 10 residents from the target population, from which 5 male respondents, 5 female respondents was selected randomly. Tape recorded interview schedules were used to collect data from the selected respondents. Qualitative data analysis technique was used to analyze the data. The study outcome was presented by using textual description, figures and tables. The study revealed that there were different tone processes that occur in the MDK NPs. The different functions of tone in the MDK nouns were also discussed and the various tone processes were evaluated and ranked using OT approach.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipKenyatta Universityen_US
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dc.publisherKenyatta universityen_US
dc.subjecttone patternsen_US
dc.subjectnoun phraseen_US
dc.subjectKikamba languageen_US
dc.titleAspects of the tone patterns of the noun phrase in the Kikamba language: an optimality approachen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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