Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languages

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This advanced historical linguistics course book deals with the historical and comparative study of African languages. The first part functions as an elementary introduction to the comparative method, involving the establishment of lexical and grammatical cognates, the reconstruction of their historical development, techniques for the subclassification of related languages, and the use of language-internal evidence, more specifically the application of internal reconstruction. Part II addresses language contact phenomena and the status of language in a wider, cultural-historical and ecological context. Part III deals with the relationship between comparative linguistics and other disciplines. In this rich course book, the author presents valuable views on a number of issues in the comparative study of African languages, more specifically concerning genetic diversity on the African continent, the status of pidginised and creolised languages, language mixing, and grammaticalisation.
[Not in series, 161]  2011.  xviii, 421 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
ix–xi
Figures
xiii
Maps
xv
Tables
xvii
Part I. The comparative method
1. Explaining similarities
3–22
2. Explaining sound change
23–58
3. Classification and subclassification techniques
59–92
4. Morphosyntactic changes
93–114
5. Semantic change
115–140
6. Internal reconstruction
141–152
7. Language-internal variation
153–176
Part II. The linguistic manifestation of contact
8. Borrowing
179–212
9. Pidginisation and creolisation
213–236
10. Syncretic languages
237–252
11. Language contraction and language shift
253–264
12. Language contact phenomena and genetic classification
265–280
Part III. Studying language change in a wider contex
13. Language typology and reconstruction
283–306
14. Remote relationships and genetic diversity on the African continent
307–332
15. Language and history
333–346
16. Some ecological properties of language development
347–372
References
373–406
Appendix
407–408
Language and language family index
409–417
Subject index
419–421
“This study is an amazingly rich introduction to historical linguistics and African comparative linguistics. From the first chapter on, it has great depth, wonderful tables with sound correspondences, cognate sets, language classifications, and maps of material that is only rarely discussed in mainstream (historical) linguistics. At the same time, the book is very readable and accessible to students as well as an incredible resource for scholars. It is a delight to read!”
“The history and the genealogical relationships of the languages of Africa are better and better understood, but it is high time that the overall picture is once again presented on the basis of the latest results. Gerrit Dimmendaal is eminently suited to guide the reader and student through the maze of facts and factoids concerning the complex history of the languages of the continent, in particular the processes of contact and mixture.”
“For historical linguists with even a passing interest in Africa, or even a desire to see how historical linguistics applies outside of Indo-European, this is a recommended book.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011002759