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SIL Electronic Working Papers 2004-003

Morphophonemic orthographies in fusional languages: the cases of Dinka and Shilluk

Author  Gilley, Leoma G.
Abstract 

Fusional languages present exceptional challenges to orthography development. This paper discusses the solutions proposed for writing Shilluk and Dinka. The issues of word structure, vowel qualities, vowel and consonant length, tone and consonant alternations are examined. The orthographic choices shown reflect a morphonemic solution as opposed to a phonemic one. The result is that the languages are easier for native speakers to read.

  Morphophonemic orthographies in fusional languages: the cases of Dinka and Shilluk
Published  2004
Languages  Dinka, Northeastern [dip]
Dinka, South Central [dib]
Dinka, Southeastern [dks]
Dinka, Southwestern [dik]
Shilluk [shk]
Country  Sudan
Subjects  Morphophonemics
Literacy
Orthography
Keywords  orthography; Shilluk; Dinka; morphophonemic; approach; Orthography; Morphophonemics