Topics in African Linguistics

Papers from the XXI Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Georgia, April 1990

| University of Chicago and University of Georgia
| University of Chicago and University of Georgia
ISBN 9789027236104 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781556195532 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027277107 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
The 16 papers in this volume are revised versions of papers presented at the conference; they represent the state of the art in various subfields of African linguistics into which the book is organized: (1) morphosyntax, (2) semantics, (3) phonology, and (4) language contact. The last part covers topics such as code-switching and mixing, pidginization/creolization, and language planning.The papers in Part I: Morphosyntax focus particularly on the verb and verb phrase in a variety of Niger-Congo languages, discussing several aspects of the verb morphology. The specific languages discussed include Kinande, Kilega, Kinyarwanda (Larry Hyman), Kikongo-Kituba (M. Ngalasso), Duala (E. Bilao), Yoruba (S.A. Lawal), Ewe (A.S. Allen), and Gbaya 'Bodoe (P. Roulon-Doko). The papers in Part II: Semantics discuss foundational questions regarding the proper/common noun distinction in two geographically very distant African languages, Gborbo Krahn (Janet Bing) in the west and Luo (Ben G. Blount) in the east, which follow yet very similar principles. And, despite differences in the titles, the papers on Kivunjo (Lioba Moshi) and Emai (Schaefer and Egbokhare) address the question of the semantic basis for assigning property concepts to different lexical categories. There are two papers in Part III: Phonology, which are mostly on the prosodic features of Chiyao (Al Mtenje) and Manding (J. Tourville). In Part IV: Language Contact, Eyamba Bokamba's and C. Meyers-Scotton's papers discuss speech variation and mostly formal constraints associated with them, while Helma Pasch compares segmental features of Sango and Yakoma in the Central African Republic to determine whether the former is a creole. Edmun Richmond focuses on the choice of national official language in sub-Saharan Africa. Except for Pasch all of them cover several languages and geographical areas.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 100]  1993.  x, 304 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Editors’ foreword
I. Morphosyntax
Conceptual issues in the comparative study of the Bantu verb stem
Larry M. Hyman
Ewe verbs in derivation and in periphrastic constructions
Andrew S. Allen
Les procédés répétitifs en kikongo: le redoublement et la réduplication
Mwatha Musanji Ngalasso
Clitic climbing in BAntu
Edmond Biloa
The Yoruba serial verb construction: a complex or simple sentence?
S. Adenike Lawal
La négation en gbaya ‘bodoe
Paulette Roulon-Doko
II. Semantics
Names and horofic pronouns in Gborbo Krahn
Janet Bing
Luo names: reference and meaning
Ben G. Blount
Time-stability: the case of adjectives in kiVunjo-Chaga
Lioba Moshi
On the typological character of property concepts in Emai
Ronald P. Schaefer and Francis O. Egbokhare
III. Phonology
Verb structure and tone in Chiyao
Al Mtenje
On the reduced nasal phoneme of manding
Jose Tourville
IV. Language contact
Language variation and change in pervasively multilingual societies: Bantu languages
Eyamba G. Bokamba
Building the frame in codeswitching: evidence from Africa
Carol Myers-Scotton
Phonological similarities between Sango and its base language: is Sango a pidgin/creole or a koiné?
Helma Pasch
Can language plannign work? Theory versus practice in Africa
Edmund B. Richmond
Author index
Language index
“[...] highly informative and insightful [...]”
“[...] the sixteen papers in this volume have contributed in different ways and in varying degrees to the quality and usefulness of this volume not only to the description of various phenomena in African languages but also to the understanding of the nature and functioning of human language.”
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