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Mutaka, Ngessimo M.
Editore: LINCOM (2000)
ISBN 10: 389586675X ISBN 13: 9783895866753
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(München, Germania)
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Descrizione libro LINCOM, 2000. Softcover. Condizione libro: Neu. Condizione sovraccoperta: Gut. 1. Auflage. An Introduction to African Linguistics is a book which deals with the main features of languages as found mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more particularly in Bantu languages. As mentioned by one of the authors, "one motivation for writing the book is that, during my graduate studies, I always wished I had access to an introductory book of this nature. Very often, Doug Pulleyblank or Larry Hyman would refer me to certain phonological processes found in some African languages, and I thought it would be helpful if students of African linguistics could have easier access to such examples in an introductory book on African Linguistics. My hope is that this book will prove interesting not only for most linguistics students but also for any linguist or any linguistic sympathizer who will find in this book precious information scattered in various published and unpublished materials not easily accessible.” Maybe, what renders the book most unique is the three chapters on Phonology: chapter 3: non tonal phonological processes, chapter 4: tonological processes, chapter 5: exercises on phonological processes. These chapters basically encapsulate the richness of African phonology made available in one single introductory volume. Other chapters are equally interesting. Thus chapter 8, "Notes on the historical linguistics of African languages,” provides background material on African languages; chapter 7, "the Syntax of African languages,” provides an easy-to-understand explanation of syntactic terms and their illustrations through various African languages. This chapter is a contribution of Pius N. Tamanji together with the sections on "lexical expansion” in chapter 10, "verbal extensions,”and "tense, aspect and mood” in chapter 6. Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Classification of African languages 1.0 Preliminaries: two types of classification - typological or structural classification - genealogical classification 1.1 Guthrie's classification 1.2 Greenberg's classification 1.2.1 Westermann's eastern and western sudanic languages 1.2.2 Greenberg's classification 1.2.3 Notes on Niger-Kordofanian 1.2.4 Greenberg's methodology 1.2.5 Why is Bantu part of Niger-Kongo? 1.3 Earlier classifications 1.4 Some recent proposals of classifications 1.5 Classifications of Cameroonian languages in ALCAM 1.6 About genetic classifications Chapter 2: Sound systems of African languages: phonetics 2.1 Vowel characteristics of African languages 2.1.0 Vowel chart 2.1.1 Symmetrical vowel systems 2.1.2 Allophonic variation 2.1.3 Vowel length 2.1.4 Phoneme nasalization 2.1.5 Vowel harmony 2.1.6 Vowel elision 2.1.7 Vowel coalescence 2.2 Consonant characteristics of African languages 2.2.0 Consonant chart of African languages 2.2.1 Doubly-articulated stops 2.2.2 Aspirated consonants 2.2.3 Palatal release 2.2.4 Implosives 2.25 Glottal stops 2.2.6 Clicks 2.2.7 Nasal + consonant sequences 2.2.8 Geminates in Luganda 2.3 Further characteristics of Bantu languages Exercises Chapter 3: Non tonal phonological processes 3.1 Vowel harmony 3.2 Nasalization 3.3 Reduplication 3.4 Compensatory lengthening 3.5 Penultimate lengthening 3.6 Syllabification 3.7 Segment deletion/insertion 3.8 Vowel coalescence 3.9 Gliding 3.10 Assimilation 3.11 Dahl's law 3.12 Vowel height transfer 3.13 Voicing 3.14 Aspiration 3.15 Implosion 3.16 Glottalization 3.17 Palatalization 3.18 Velarization/labialization 3.19 Floating non tonal features 3.20 Imbrication 3.21 The mora as a prosodic unit Chapter 4: Tonological processes 4.1 Tone groups 4.2 Floating tones 4.4 V2 linking 4.5 Meeussen's rule 4.6 Stevick's rule 4.7 Downstep 4.8 Upstep 4.9 Latent High tone 4.10 Tone retraction 4.11 Effect of depressor consonants 4.12 Some tonological processes in phrasal phonology 4.13 Edge-in association Chapter 5: Exercises on phonological processes Chapter 6: Morphology 6.1 The structure of the Bantu noun 6.2 The structure of the verb 6.3 Verbal extensions 6.4 Tense, aspect and mood Chapter 7: The Syntax of Africa. Codice libro della libreria B-9783895866753

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