LINGUIST List 15.3367

Thu Dec 02 2004

Books: Lang Description, Boko/Bokobaru/Busa: Jones

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Boko/Busa Language Cluster: Jones

Message 1: The Boko/Busa Language Cluster: Jones

Date: 28-Nov-2004
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: The Boko/Busa Language Cluster: Jones

Title: The Boko/Busa Language Cluster 
 Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 30  
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Lincom GmbH
 Author: Ross McCallum Jones, Monash University
 Paperback: ISBN: 3929075970 Pages: 346 Price: Europe EURO 75
 Boko/Busa is a cluster of three closely related south-eastern Mande
 languages or dialects spoken in Benin and Nigeria. The aim of this research
 has been to describe the phonological, tonological, morphological and
 grammatical system and processes which occur within the Boko/Busa language
 cluster, using the approaches of modern linguistics to analyse and present
 the material. The author, Ross Jones, has had twenty eight years of
 practical experience with these languages in Bible translation and
 literacy. As Boko is the major language of the cluster, as well as the most
 stable and complex, the basic description is of Boko, with variations in
 the related languages of the cluster, Bokobaru and Busa, being described as
 they occur. The sources of evidence and authority consist in a thorough set
 of language examples. Tone is both lexical and grammatical and is an
 integral part of these languages. Tone changes in verbs and subject
 pronouns express aspect and mood, while the final tone on NP items
 differentiates specific from non-specific items. Tone also plays a major
 role in the complex and pervasive system of logophoricity. The introduction
 puts these languages in their setting by looking at the ethnography,
 language classification and historical background, while appendices give
 lists of lexical material, including an extensive list of loanwords and
 some sample texts. 
 2nd printing. 
 Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
                      African linguistics
 Subject Language(s): Boko (Language Code: BQC)
                      Bokobaru (Language Code: BUS)
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
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