Page 2 of 29Joyu WangLING4870: Field Methods in LinguisticsThursday, May 10, 2012Final Paper
Documenting the Tiriki Language:with a focus on NP morphosyntax1.
Tiriki is a Bantu language of western Kenya and eastern Uganda spoken by approximately100,000 speakers (Heine & Möhlig, 1980). According to Ethnologue, Tiriki is also classified asa sub-branch of Luyia that includes the neighboring Idakho and Isukha dialects.No prior study or research has been done on the Tiriki language before this paper was written.For the very first time, Tiriki is documented and described through the instruction of professorMichael Marlo in the Field Methods class at the University of Missouri. The followingtranscriptions are collected from a native speaker of Tiriki, Billy Jivetti, who is originally fromMahanga village in Kaimosi, Kenya.The transcriptions in this paper are done using a letter-based spelling system, rather than informal IPA or APA style. For instance,
refers to [
is written as [
]. The reason why we are going to follow this practice is because Billy andother Tiriki-speakers will find these easier to read. Other reason is that there are not consonantclusters with [h] as the second member in the language, so we won't be confusing a contrast of the language.This paper is going to describe a general sketch of grammar in Tiriki in the following sectionsof phonology and morphology. Also, there will be a focus on noun phrase morphology in thediscussion as well.