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Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Page: 232-240
Phonological Deformation of the “Asho” (“Azmari”) Argot in Tigray
Abraha Girmay Hagos, Department of Tigrigna language, Literature and folklore, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia
Received: Mar. 20, 2014;       Accepted: Apr. 14, 2014;       Published: Jun. 20, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20140203.22      View  3086      Downloads  182
Abstract
This research focused on the phonological deformation of “Asho” argot in Tigray. The objective of the research is to describe the phonological deformation of Asho argot from standard languages. To achieve this objective, the researcher used purposive method sampling to select the informants. And, elicitation, interview and participant observation method were used to collect the data. The data have been recorded by using an audio-taperecorder. Qualitative method is employed to analyze the collected data. The findings of this research are: “Asho” argot is derived from Tigrigna and Amharic words through form change (phonological deformation), such as addition, metathesis, reduplication, substitution, deletion, vowel deformation and degemination as well as free variation and depalatalization of sounds. The “Asho” argot uses the phonological structure of the Tigrigna syllables, consonant + vowel and consonant + vowel + consonant.
Keywords
Argot, Asho, Azmari, Phonological Deformations
To cite this article
Abraha Girmay Hagos, Phonological Deformation of the “Asho” (“Azmari”) Argot in Tigray, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 232-240. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20140203.22
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