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Finite state representation of reduplication processes in Igbo

Iheanetu, O.U. and Adeyeye, Michael (2013) Finite state representation of reduplication processes in Igbo. In: 2013 Africon, 06 March 2014, Pointe-Aux-Piments, Mauritius.

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This paper presents a finite state model of reduplication processes in Igbo. Identified Igbo reduplication processes are based on (i) verbal reduplication with prefixation, (ii) total nominal reduplication (iii) ideophone reduplication. However, this work identifies and includes a fourth and fifth type that occurs in the language, namely; (iv) adverbial reduplication and (v) prepositional reduplication. Xerox Finite State Tool (XFST) was used in representing the five Igbo reduplication processes computationally. Igbo verbal reduplication exhibits selective reduplication process and is characterized by prefixation and vowel replacement. Vowel harmony phenomenon was taken into consideration in achieving verbal reduplication to cater for phonological changes. Model testing results showed 84% accuracy in both analysis and recognition of reduplicated forms in Igbo.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 07:36
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 07:36

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