Tiriki

Tiriki

(dreams)

Among the Tiriki, a Luyia people of western Kenya, “dream prophets” are specialists for whom dreaming is regarded as a positive event, whereas for ordinary people dreams are undesirable and to be avoided. The gift of dream prophecy is not inherited or confined to any particular lineages or clans, but elders have always maintained control over its exercise. Tiriki dreams are often viewed as rendezvous with the spirits of dead relatives or friends, perhaps portending one’s own death.

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The private sector can benefit from this segment of the society, especially that the state will pay the residence fees," Abdul Aziz Al Tiriki, a businessman, said.
This year the class worked on Tiriki, a variety of Luyia.
We claim that tone in Tiriki is best analyzed in a model where downstep is represented phonologically by a floating low (L) tone between two high (H) tones.
H) in Tiriki alternate not only with underlyingly specified L tones, but also with default L tones assigned to syllables that are underlyingly toneless (O).
section]3 presents the tonal phonology of Tiriki and shows how all of the various contexts for downstep receive a unified analysis in terms of a representation with floating L tones.
Note that in order to focus on the Tiriki generalizations of interest here, we assume the simplest possible representation of H and L tones as primitive units, i.
First, we showed above how downstep alternates with overt low tones at a single site within the word in Ga (and we will see that this is true of Tiriki as well); therefore, there is evidence from alternations for the floating L tones (or at least for L tones in the site where the Floating-L analysis would posit floating L tones).
For the many languages displaying both downstep and downdrift, including Tiriki, the Floating-L representation has an immediately apparent advantage in that the lowering of the second H tone is directly related representationally to the lowering that applies to the second H in regular (linked) HLH sequences.
We will argue in favor of a Floating-L analysis of Tiriki downstep on the basis that there is an exact one-to-one correspondence in the language between the sites where the presence of a phonological floating L tone is independently predicted, and the sites where phonetic downstep is empirically attested.
For the Tiriki group in Kenya, East Africa, Basil Davidson (1969:81-85) has provided the following description:
MASABA, KEREBE, TIRIKI, HORORO, KOMORO, POGOLO, BUKUSU, RUGURU Languages with different V-C patterns include more from the Bantu .
For example, among the Tiriki of western Kenya and likely also among many other tribal groups, both adult men and elderly women were free to seek permission to interrupt or ask any man or woman to provide testimony during a judicial proceeding.