This book investigates the topics of tone, vowel harmony, and metrical structure, with special reference to Kera, a Chadic language spoken in Chad and Cameroon. Kera is a tone language where a change in the pitch of the word can make a difference to its meaning. Drawing on a decade of experience living and working with the Kera, Mary D. Pearce looks at both the phonetics and phonology to examine how tone interacts with the vowel quality and rhythm of the language.
Mary D. Pearce is currently a linguistic consultant for Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Chad. She also teaches at the Universite de N'djamena in Chad and is affiliated with SIL International and with University College London.
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