The phonology of Guébie


Guébie is an Eastern Kru language spoken by about 7000 people in the Gagnoa prefecture of Côte d’Ivoire. This paper provides an overview of the phonology of Guébie, including the complex tone system with four contrastive pitch heights, multiple types of vowel harmony, reduplication in multiple morphosyntactic contexts, CVCV/CCV alternations, and the phonotactic behaviour of implosives as sonorant-like rather than obstruent-like. Comparisons with other Kru and West African languages are made along the way.

Publication date: 
August 23, 2022
Publication type: 
Recent Publication
Sande, Hannah. 2022. The phonology of Guébie. Language and Linguistics Compass, e12468.