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LINGUIST List 17.331

Tue Jan 31 2006

Books: Language Description, Mbay: Keegan

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, A Reference Grammar of Mbay: Keegan

Message 1: A Reference Grammar of Mbay: Keegan
Date: 25-Jan-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A Reference Grammar of Mbay: Keegan

Title: A Reference Grammar of Mbay
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 14
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: John M Keegan
Paperback: ISBN: 3895861731 Pages: 240 Price: Europe EURO 74
Paperback: ISBN: 3895861731 Pages: 240 Price: U.S. $ 97.68
Paperback: ISBN: 3895861731 Pages: 249 Price: U.K. £ 51.04

A Reference Grammar of Mbay provides a solid introduction to the grammar of
Mbay, a Central-Sudanic language of the Sara family described in a
Dictionary of Mbay by the same author. It is based on extensive field
research among the Mbay in Chad during the period data for the dictionary
was collected. The grammar is divided into eight sections.

The first five describe the phonology and morphology. First, segmental
phonology is described, and a thorough explanation and justification of the
writing system is provided, followed by a description of tone and vowel
length. The second section treats morpheme structure, with emphasis on the
canonical and harmonic constraints which limit the shape of Mbay morphemes.
The inflectional paradigms are described in the third section, and this is
followed in the fourth by an explanation of the phonological change
associated with inflection, with emphasis on a description of the different
types of tonal change. Section five treats the limited word formation
processes found in the language.

Section six through eight treat Mbay syntax. Section six describes the
structure and uses of the different categories and subcategories, and
includes descriptions of alienable/inalienable nouns, verb aspect, serial
verbs, adjectival uses of verbs and nouns, and the various uses of
ideophones, specifiers and compleentizers.

Section seven deals with word order, describing sentence order as well as
the structure of the noun, verb and prepositional phrase. Included in this
section are a number of special structures and expressions. In general, the
description contained in these sections attempts to be broad in scope, and
includes explanations of how to express common concepts (e.g. existence,
impersonal expression, comparison, superlative, etx.) as well as
interesting aspects of Mbay syntax which transcend individual categories
(eg. the notion of 'standing/sitting/lying').

Section eight deals with the rules governing the mandatory subject and
object reference affices. The grammatical descriptions are accompanied by
abundant examples, and in many cases word for word translation are given in
addition to a more conventional translation.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Mbay (myb)

Written In: English (eng )

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