This book investigates the topics of tone, vowel harmony, and metrical
structure, with special reference to Kera, a Chadic language spoken in
Chad and Cameroon. Kera is a tone language where a change in the pitch of
the word can make a difference to its meaning. Drawing on a decade of
experience living and working with the Kera, Mary D. Pearce looks at both
the phonetics and phonology to examine how tone interacts with the vowel
quality and rhythm of the language. The implications arising from this
research are relevant for phonologists and Africanists far beyond the
boundaries of Chad and should be useful to anyone working on languages
with interesting tonal and rhythmic properties.
is currently Associate International Linguistics Coordinator
for SIL International and a linguisitc consultant for SIL in Chad.
She also teaches at the Université de N'djameéna
in Chad and is affiliated with University College London.