Against a Cr-Cluster in Ibibio

  • Paulinus Noah


Essien (1982, 1990) and others (cf, Urua, 2000; Noah, 1996, for instance) have made a case for a null consonant clustering in Ibibio; even though, Urua (2000) has also analysed the /dw/ as a CC, paradoxically. In this paper, we attempt to illustrate that intra-syllable consonant cluster, whether of the CC or Cr type, is phonotactically impossible, unrealistic, based on additional evidence and cross linguistic data1. We claim that among the different possible phonetic representations for the syllable structure, a basic canonical structure CV or CV (V) (C) can be motivated phonologically for all syllable patterns in Ibibio2. Among other evidence, this paper draws on syllable pattern, reduplication, tone pattern, segment deletion and phonotactic pattern in loans and pattern congruity3.

LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, 8(3), 70-78, 2011

Author Biography

Paulinus Noah
Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria

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