Original Articles

The palatalisation process in isiZulu revisited

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 22, issue 1, 2002 , pages: 59–69
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.2002.10587498
Author(s): Shamila NaidooIsiZulu Programme,


Palatalisation is a linguistic process occurring in many languages. This process has been the subject of much debate. With reference to the Nguni languages, palatalisation has been discussed by, among others, Doke (1926), Herbert (1977), Khumalo (1987 & 1988) and Jokweni (1999). The afore-mentioned have explained the palatalisation process using morpho-phonological, derivational phonology and optimality theory frameworks. in this paper feature geometry theory will be invoked to offer a description of the palatalisation process in isiZulu.

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