In this paper I present a detailed analysis of the tonology of nouns and their dependents within the noun phrase in Lusoga, a Bantu language of Uganda. After considering different alternatives, I argue that Lusoga is best analyzed with an underlying privative /L/ which derives from an earlier *H, realized directly in Luganda, the closest related language to Lusoga. To establish the basic system I start with infinitives (which are nouns), then analyze the different tone patterns on nouns of different sizes and shapes, with and without an augment, simple and reduplicated. I then turn to the tonal properties of adjectives (which are also nouns), possessive pronouns, demonstratives, numerals, and other nominal modifiers.
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Hyman, L. M. (2019) Lusoga noun phrase tonology. In P. W. Akumbu & E.P. Chie (Eds), Engagement with Africa: Linguistic essays in honor of Ngessimo M. Mutaka, 93-138. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.