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date: 20 July 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of the inflectional morphology of Pulaar, a western dialect of Fula (Atlantic, Niger-Congo) spoken in Senegal. The language is characterized by one of the largest gender or noun class systems found in natural language and is distinctive for the way in which it expresses much of its inflectional morphology through consonant mutation. The chapter assumes an autosegmental approach in presenting the morphophonology of consonant mutation, and covers the main inflectional features of Pulaar, including noun class and noun class resolution, pronominal case, number, voice, aspect, polarity, and salience insofar as it relates to information structure. A number of representative paradigms are provided, as well as a brief comparison with inflection in Seereer-Siin and Wolof.

Keywords: Pulaar, Fula, consonant mutation, noun classes, featural exponence, information structure, Seereer-Siin, Wolof

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