Title: Tondi Songway Kiini (Songhay, Mali)
Subtitle: Reference Grammar and TSK-English-French Dictionary
Series Title: Stanford Monographs in African Languages
Publisher: CSLI Publications
Author: Jeffry Heath, University of Michigan
Paperback: ISBN: 157586505X Pages: 450 Price: U.S. $ 47.50
Paperback: ISBN: 157586505X Pages: 450 Price: U.K. £ 30.00
Only recently discovered by linguistic scholars, Tondi Songway Kiini (TSK) is a tonal language spoken in the small country of Mali in western Africa. Unlike other Songhay languages, TSK preserves the lexical and grammatical tones of its proto-language and also exhibits unique systems for the expression of focalization and relativization. Tondi Songway Kiini is a valuable overview of the grammar of an African language with a tone system quite different from that of the more familiar Bantu system. It is also an irreplaceable guide to the grammar and meanings of this unusual African language.