Morphological Parsing of Tone: An Experiment with Two-Level Morphology on the Ha Language
Morphological parsers are typically developed for languages without contrastive tonal systems. Ha, a Bantu language of Western Tanzania, proposes a challenge to these parses with both lexical and grammatical pitch-accent  that would, in order to describe the tonal phenomena, seem to require an approach with a separate level for the tones. However, since the Two-Level Morphology  has proven successful with another Bantu language, Swahili , it is worth testing its possibilities with the tonally more challenging Bantu languages.
KeywordsSegmental Level Index Form High Tone Grammatical Form Separate Level
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