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LINGUIST List 18.2128

Sat Jul 14 2007

Books: Language Description/Typology/Discourse Analysis: Moser

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Kabba: Moser

Message 1: Kabba: Moser
Date: 12-Jul-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Kabba: Moser

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Title: Kabba
Subtitle: A Nilo-Saharan Language of the Central African Republic
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 63
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Rosmarie Moser
Paperback: ISBN: 3895868280 Pages: 504 Price: Europe EURO 87.00

Note: This is the second edition of a previously announced book.

Kabba belongs to the Western-Sara group of the Central-Sudanic branch of
the Nilo-Saharan languages (80,000 speakers in the North of C.A.R., 20,000
in Chad and Cameroon).

The grammar consists of ten chapters and is followed by a complete and
interlinearised traditional folkstory told by Daniel Tambe. Many examples
throughout this thesis come from this story, which displays many features
discussed. Other examples come from a variety of sources in the author's
extensive data collection. They are referred to by the codes in brackets.

The introductory first chapter looks at the historical and ethnic
background of the speakers of the Kabba language, discusses its linguistic
classification and provides an overview of its typological features.
Chapter two deals with the sound system, which includes implosives,
affricates, homorganic prenasalised obstruents, syllabic nasal consonants,
nasalised vowels and vowel harmony. Syllabic structures and phonotactics
are also discussed in this chapter. Tonal patterns are investigated,
exemplified and discussed in chapter three. Kabba has three level tones and
four contour tones. Bound morphemes and morphological processes are
explored in chapter four. A detailed analysis and discussion of subject,
object and possessive pronouns is included. Alienable possession plays an
important part. Chapter five deals with the nominal morphology found of the
Kabba language. It includes a discussion of noun phrases, noun
collocations, adjectival structures, numerical expressions, reciprocity,
logophoric pronouns, reflexives, relative pronouns, conjunctions, case
markers and adpositions. Chapter six contains an exemplified discussion of
semantic and grammatical verb categories, transitivity, tense-aspect-mood
and adverbial expressions. Basic clause structures are illustrated and
discussed in chapter seven, which includes declarative, interrogative,
negative, imperative and exclamatory clauses. Copula clauses and verbless
clauses are also discussed. Chapter eight deals with complex predicate
structures, such as serialisation, consecutivisation and
grammaticalisation. Chapter nine investigates and discusses complex clause
structures, such as coordination, subordination, complementation and
relativisation. Discourse features are analysed, exemplified and discussed
in the last chapter. They include grounding, participant reference, marked
focus, direct and indirect quotations and pragmatic particles. A conclusion
at the end of each major section summarises the findings.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Kaba (ksp)

Written In: English (eng )

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Edinburgh University Press http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/
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European Language Resources Association http://www.elda.org/sommaire.php
Georgetown University Press http://www.press.georgetown.edu
Hodder Arnold http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
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Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom.at
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Mouton de Gruyter http://www.mouton-publishers.com
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Kingston Press Ltd http://www.kingstonpress.com/
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
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