International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Tone Patterns of Possessive Constructions in the Asante Dialect of Akan
Sefa Owusu

This paper discusses tone patterns of possessive constructions in Asante Twi within the framework of auto segmental phonology. Asante Twi is one of the dialects of Akan. I have limited myself to only one dialect of Akan because it is not easy to make an in-depth study of tonal behaviour of Akan as one language. The paper is divided into four sections. Section 1 is the introductory section. Section 2 discusses the tone patterns of alienable and inalienable nouns. Section 3 also presents the tone patterns of superior and non-superior nouns. The final section discusses the tone patterns of the possessive noun phrase whose nouns have the tone patterns LH, HH, LL, and HL.

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