Date: 23-Sep-2005 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: What Bantu Child Speech Data Tells Us About the Controversial Semantics of Bantu Noun Class System: Idiata
Title: What Bantu Child Speech Data Tells Us About the Controversial Semantics of Bantu Noun Class System
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 67
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Daniel Franck Idiata, Cames, Institut National des Sciences de Gestion, ADEC ; Libreville
Paperback: ISBN: 3895864625 Pages: 170 Price: Europe EURO 54.00
The question of semantism of Bantu nominal classes has risen and still rises heated debates between Africanist linguists, in general, and Bantuists, in particular. The present book, which comes back on that exciting subject treats the question of the correlation between affixes of classes and semantic categorization in a new perspective, that of the language acquisition in children. It is about comparing historical data (proto-Bantu reconstructions) and the reality of nominal class systems in synchrony with acquisitional strategies developed by children in the acquisition process of these systems by children.