African Languages: An Introduction
This book is an introduction to African languages and linguistics, covering typology, structure and sociolinguistics. The twelve chapters are written by a team of fifteen eminent Africanists, and their topics include the four major language groupings (Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan), the core areas of modern theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax), typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and language, history and society. Basic concepts and terminology are explained for undergraduates and non-specialist readers, but each chapter also provides an overview of the state of the art in its field, and as such will be referred to also by more advanced students and general linguists. The book brings this range of material together in accessible form for anyone wishing to learn more about this challenging and fascinating field.
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adpositions affixes African languages Afroasiatic analysis Arabic Bantoid Bantu languages basic word order Benue-Congo Benue-Congo languages Berber branches Central Sudanic Chadic languages chapter classification clusters common comparative complex consonant constituent order contrast creole Cushitic derived dialect distinction East Ehret Ethio-Semitic example function gender genetic grammatical Greenberg groups guages Hausa head noun implosives inflection involves Kanuri Khoe Khoisan languages Kordofanian Kunama lexical linguistic features loan words main clause Mande marked markers modifiers morphemes morphology multilingualism nasal Niger-Congo languages Nilo-Saharan languages Nilotic nominal noun class noun phrase object Omotic Omotic languages pattern phoneme phonological phylum pidgins plural prefixes pronoun reconstruction referred relative clause root Saharan segments semantic Semitic sentence sequence singular social Songay sounds speakers spoken structure subgroups suffixes Swahili syllable syntactic tion tone typological varieties verb forms verbal vocabulary voice Volta-Congo vowel West