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There were two reasons for this: firstly, I did not want to choose one particular orthography over the others as long as the decision has not been made by the speech community. To choose one of the existing orthographies would look like that orthography was somehow better than the others. While I do prefer digraphs to diacritics and slanted letters because they are easier to produce in handwriting and, in a language without consonant clusters, also easily recognized, both the Anglican and the Catholic orthographies are consistent and fully functional in themselves.

O’ → ga"sili Again it is impossible to predict if the stress pattern of a verb stem changes or not. 4 Stress changes "ari ‘to fish pulling a line’ "ale ‘to enter’ "egha ‘to clear an area’ "gasi ‘to close’ "ena ‘to chew betel nut’ "gozi ‘to fart’ "ene ‘to hear’ "ghagha ‘to pull off’ "ghavi ‘to paddle’ "koto ‘to move’ "izi ‘to sleep’ "mama ‘to be sour’ "kuki ‘to cook’ "pia ‘to move up’ "mimi ‘to urinate’ "putu ‘to pass’ "nyagho ‘to be first’ "rara ‘to crawl’ "nyori ‘to take a bite’ "siko ‘to steer’ Morphophonology In this section I will discuss morphophonemic processes that add, remove, or change material.

O’ +i → → izi soduli So the general rule for identical vowel sequences resulting from the attachment of suffixes or enclitics is that they merge into one vowel. There is one exception to this rule: if the stem is monosyllabic, the vowels do not merge, but an epenthetic vowel is inserted between the stem and the suffix. There are no monosyllabic stems ending in /e/ or /i/ which could take the respective suffixes, but there are two monosyllabic verb stems ending 5 When material is omitted because of morphophonemic processes anywhere in examples given in this thesis it will be provided in parentheses.

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