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Ywé] [bwá] [a-bwé] yue buá abué ‘pound’ ‘fold’ ‘animal’ Phonology [fu-fwi] fufuí 41 ‘pounded yam / cassava’ However, in the onset in a CV or CCV syllable the sound /w/ is written as ‘w’ as shown in (119). 119. [a-wɔ́] [wasa] [wa] [wú] [wlí] [wla] awɔ́ wasa wa wú wlí wla ‘snake’ ‘owner’ ‘say’ 2SGOBJ ‘many’ ‘waste something’ The subject markers are written together with the verbs they are attached to. Aɖɔ́ɖí íɖu ikago kelekele. 02] Also monosyllabic preverbal markers and the first pair of the negative marker are written together with the verb.
The word xé is an example. It is used in inland Ewe dialects as relative particle and a particle that introduces the conditional clause. It has the same function in Logba. A handful of words are identified with nasalised vowels that are loaned from Ewe. The nasalised vowels can be prolonged on the same pitch to show intensity. They can be analysed as ideophonic adverbs. Otherwise nasalisation only occurs allophonically in the context of nasal consonants in Logba. This is exemplified in (112): 112.
The /l/ of the progressive morpheme completely assimilates to become /n/ after the nasal of 1SG. in the Alakpeti dialect. The /l/ however, becomes a stop /d/ in the Tota dialect16. In other cases, (non nasal, non-low prefix), the /u/ vowel of present progressive assimilates in closeness and in frontness to the vowel of the subject prefix and for the mid-vowel in [ATR] to the vowel of the stem. In the 3SG, the progressive morpheme assimilates to the vowel of the pronoun [ɔ] / [o] to become lɔ, lo.