Doris L. Payne

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Maa, a Nilo-Saharan language, exhibits a cross-height vowel harmony system known as ‘tongue root harmony’. The high and mid vowels participate in this system, but the low vowel does not. The Maa harmony system is briefly described, followed by an investigation into the phonetic properties of the vowels. Five Maa speakers were recorded producing 100 example(More)
Here, two studies seek to characterize a parsimonious common-denominator personality structure with optimal cross-cultural replicability. Personality differences are observed in all human populations and cultures, but lexicons for personality attributes contain so many distinctions that parsimony is lacking. Models stipulating the most important attributes(More)
We discuss the distribution of the verbal suffix -Vk in Luragooli (Luyia, Bantu) based on original fieldwork with a native speaker. We show that -Vk patterns like an anticausative marker with respect to a number of different diagnostics, including licensing of theta-roles and interaction with lexical aspect. We compare Luragooli to other languages with(More)
In the Bock & Levelt (1994) model of language production, trees are conceptualized as ‘control hierarchies’ that coordinate the insertion of lexical material into slots once the material is retrieved and assembled. This mainstream view of production has encouraged researchers to regard the acoustic correlates of prosody, such as final lengthening and(More)
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