James Essegbey

James Essegbey

List of John Benjamins publications for which James Essegbey plays a role.


Language Documentation and Endangerment in Africa

Edited by James Essegbey, Brent Henderson and Fiona Mc Laughlin

[Culture and Language Use, 17] 2015. vi, 317 pp.
Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Anthropological Linguistics | Language documentation | Other African languages


Essegbey, James and Adrienne Bruyn. 2020. Moving into and out of Sranan: Multiple effects of contact. Advances in Contact Linguistics: In honour of Pieter Muysken, Smith, Norval, Tonjes Veenstra and Enoch O. Aboh (eds.), pp. 37–60
In Sranan, a creole language of Suriname, motion in and out of locations is expressed differently from English, its primary lexifier language. Talmy (2000), among others, has shown that the expression of motion in English involves a verb that indicates the Manner of movement, e.g., walk, and, where… read more | Chapter
Essegbey, James. 2015. “Is this my language?”: Developing a writing system for an endangered-language community. Language Documentation and Endangerment in Africa, Essegbey, James, Brent Henderson and Fiona Mc Laughlin (eds.), pp. 153–176
It used to be taken for granted that language documenters would develop an orthography for the language which they document in cases where no writing system exists already. Such systems facilitate the production of materials for revitalization of the languages. Lately however questions have been… read more | Article
Essegbey, James, Brent Henderson and Fiona Mc Laughlin. 2015. Introduction. Language Documentation and Endangerment in Africa, Essegbey, James, Brent Henderson and Fiona Mc Laughlin (eds.), pp. 1–12
Aboh, Enoch O., Adrienne Bruyn, James Essegbey, Silvia Kouwenberg, Rocky R. Meade, Pieter Muysken, Margot van den Berg and Tonjes Veenstra. 2011. A Tribute to Norval Smith. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 26:2, pp. 235–246
Essegbey, James. 2008. The potential in Ewe. Aspect and Modality in Kwa Languages, Ameka, Felix K. and Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu (eds.), pp. 195–214
Essegbey, James and Felix K. Ameka. 2007. “Cut” and “break” verbs in Gbe and Sranan. Substrate Influence in Creole Formation, Migge, Bettina and Norval Smith (eds.), pp. 37–55
This paper compares “cut” and “break” verbs in four variants of Gbe, namely Anfoe, Anlo, Fon and Ayizo, with those of Sranan. “Cut” verbs are change-of-state verbs that co-lexicalize the type of action that brings about a change, the type of instrument or instrument part, and the manner in which a… read more | Article
Huttar, George L., James Essegbey and Felix K. Ameka. 2007. Gbe and other West African sources of Suriname creole semantic structures: Implications for creole genesis. Substrate Influence in Creole Formation, Migge, Bettina and Norval Smith (eds.), pp. 57–72
This paper reports on ongoing research on the role of various kinds of potential substrate languages in the development of the semantic structures of Ndyuka (Eastern Suriname Creole). A set of 100 senses of noun, verb, and other lexemes in Ndyuka were compared with senses of corresponding lexemes… read more | Article
This paper compares the conceptualisation and expression of topological relations in Surinamese creoles with that of Gbe languages (which were part of the substrate) and English (the superstrate). It investigates the components of the Basic Locative Construction (BLC), i.e. the most neutral… read more | Article
In Ghana, many peolple consider pointing by the left hand to be a taboo. We investigated consequences of this taboo on the Ghanaian gestural practice by observing gestures produced during naturalistic situations of giving route directions. First, there is a politeness convention to place the left… read more | Article