On the underlying representation of contour tones in Wobe

  title={On the underlying representation of contour tones in Wobe},
  author={John Victor Singler},
  journal={Studies in African Linguistics},
  • J. Singler
  • Published 1984
  • Linguistics
  • Studies in African Linguistics
In a 1980 article entitled "The tone puzzle of Wobe," Thomas Bearth and Christa Link argue that only by positing phonemic contour tones can one account satisfactorily for the tone facts of Wobe, a western Kru language spoken in the Ivory Coast. In their analysis, they posit the features [Rise], [Fall], and [Concave] in addition to [High], [Low], and [Extreme]. In fact their analysis abandons the assertion that surface glides can always be "de-composed" into sequences of underlying level tones… 
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