Cross Consonantal Vowel Assimilation in Yoruba: A Review

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This chapter examines both complete and partial vowel-vowel assimilation across consonants in Yoruba (Niger-Congo). The study looks at crossconsonantal spreading in vowel harmony, in the prefix [o - ní] and suffix [ni], in DORSAL and LABIAL-DORSAL consonants, in ideophones, and in loanwords. We propose that spreading through CORONAL [n/l] on the one hand, and through [r] on the other, are cases of complete VOCALIC assimilation. In all other cross-consonantal spreading, we propose that they can be captured as “single feature spread”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Issues in Descriptive Linguistics and Digital Humanities
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift in Honor of Professor Eno-Abasi Essien Urua
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789811929328
ISBN (Print)9789811929311
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Assimilation
  • Coronal sonorant
  • Feature geometry
  • Optimality theory Yoruba


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