Vol 3 No 1 (2020)
Research Articles

Consonant Insertion in Iyinno: A Critique

Abiodun Samuel Ibikunle
Department of Linguistics and languages, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria
Nureni Oluwaseyi Bakre
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola Adamawa State, Nigeria
O̩lalekan Malik Adebayo
Department of Linguistics and languages, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria
Published March 19, 2020
Keywords
  • Epenthesis; Associative Morpheme; Vocalic Anchor; Hiatus, Possession.
How to Cite
Ibikunle, A. S., Bakre, N. O., & Adebayo, O. M. (2020). Consonant Insertion in Iyinno: A Critique. American International Journal of Education and Linguistics Research, 3(1), 34-37. https://doi.org/10.46545/aijelr.v3i1.145

Abstract

Unlike vowel insertion (epenthesis), consonant insertion is a rare occurrence in languages. It is against this backdrop that this study examines the occurrence of consonant insertion in Ì̩yí̩nnó̩ as claimed by Ibikunle (2008:122). He (Ibikunle 2008:122) claimed that, there is an insertion of voiced bilabial nasal [m] between two nouns while combining them to form new words. This paper shows that, the voiced bilabial nasal [m] found between two nouns in the lect is not the case of consonant insertion but rather, an associative morpheme (a genitive marker) [mὲ] which has lost its vocalic anchor as a result of hiatus resolution across morpheme boundary. Also, our study reveals that, after [mέ] has lost its vocalic anchor, the nasal feature of [m] got transferred to the (oral) V1 of the second noun across morpheme boundary.

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