This book breaks new ground in language studies with its detailed
analysis of the relatively unknown Nigerian language
Kalabari-Ijo. A language from the Niger-Congo region,
Kalabari-Ijo contains puzzling tonal configurations that have
so far eluded researchers' efforts to create coherent descriptive
This study determines that right-to-left association is
the best method of analysis for Kalabari-Ijo and also proposes
that both morphosyntactic and semantic input be included in
the tone system rules. Otelemate Harry's innovative work
provides new evidence for morphological and semantic input in
phonology theory and launches a new platform of scholarship
in African languages studies.
Otelemate Harry is lecturer of linguistics at the University
of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.