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Subject: Wolof: Ngom

Title: Wolof
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 333
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Availability: Available
Author: Fallou Ngom, Western Washington University 

Hardback: ISBN: 3895866164, Pages: , Price: USD40 EURO36 GBP25
This book provides an account of the phonological, morphological and
grammatical traits of Wolof as spoken in Senegal. Wolof belongs to the
West Atlantic language family, which in turn belongs to the larger
Niger-Congo phylum. The language is primarily spoken in Senegal and
The Gambia. About 10 million people in the following West African
states speak it: Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and
Mauritania. Nowadays, Wolof is one of the major languages used both by
individuals with different historical and linguistic background, and
by the radio stations in The Gambia, Senegal, and Mauritania. The
language has eight noun classes and a rich inflectional
morphology. Classical Arabic and standard French have influenced
Wolof. The Arabic influence is due to the fact that over 80 % of Wolof
speakers are Muslim. The French influence dates back to the French
colonization of Senegal. Thus, various lexical units are borrowed from
these languages and are generally adapted to the linguistic system of
the language by means of morpho-phonological rules.

Despite the important scope of the language in these countries,
practical work dealing with its grammar is still limited. This book
aims at filling that gap. Thus, it provides a detailed description of
the grammatical patterns of Wolof spoken in Senegal. The first chapter
provides a detailed description of the Wolof phonemic system
(consonant and vowel system). The second chapter focuses on the
nominal system of the language. The third chapter deals with the
verbal system. The fourth chapter examines the negation forms in the
language. The fifth chapter deals with the basic syntactic features of
Wolof. Finally, the book provides a Wolof text with an interlinear
Lingfield(s): African linguistics (General Linguistics)
		Language Description
Subject Language(s): Wolof (Language Code: WOL)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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