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Mon Jul 5 1999

Books: African Linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, African ling; Aspects of Dagbani Grammar

Message 1: African ling; Aspects of Dagbani Grammar

Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 14:48:33 +0200
Subject: African ling; Aspects of Dagbani Grammar

With special emphasis on phonology and

Knut J. Olawsky, Univ. Duesseldorf

This study constitutes a synchronic description of Dagbani, as spoken
in the Northern Region of Ghana. The work gives an overview of a
little-known Gur language in which various aspects of lexicon, syntax,
morphology, and phonology are characterised. Special emphasis is put
on the description of phonology and morphology. One section discusses
the number inflection of nominals, supported by psycholinguistic
evidence drawn from experiments with Dagbani speakers. This presumably
reflects one of the first trials to explore the morphological
structure of an African language by means of experiments. The largest
part of the work is dedicated to the phonology of Dagbani. The
sections on tone are of particular interest, as they represent one of
the few attempts to characterise the tonology of a Gur language.

Dagbani displays a number of interesting phenomena of tonal
interaction of various kinds which are ilustrated by numerous
examples. The data are the result of various fieldtrips by the
author. Where possible, frequency distributions and other statistical
information are given in order to illustrate how representative a
phenomenon is. The systematic description of Dagbani grammar is a
task which has not been undertaken so far. Though far from being
complete, this description of Dagbani is the most comprehensive
linguistic work on the language.

ISBN 3 89586 638 5. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 41.
Ca. 230pp. USD 70 / DM 112 / pound sterling 38. July 1999.

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