Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 64
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Vladimir A. Plungian
Paperback: ISBN: 3929075466 Pages: 47 Price: Europe EURO 37.00
Dogon is reputed for its extremely high dialectal diversity: there are more than 15 dialects attested, most of them being mutually unintelligible. The sketch is based on one of the central dialects, Tommoso, very important sociolinguistically but not well described yet (more or less like all the other Dogon dialects).
Typologically, Dogon is characterized by a quite unusual combination of "agglutinating" verb (with a variety of aspectual and temporal markers within the word form) and "isolating" noun (without any affixal markers at all, even number and case markers being clitical). The sketch provides a short phonological and morphological description, a concise account of grammatical categories and derivational system and an overview of main syntactic properties of Dogon (special emphasis is laid on converbs/participles and "serialization" in clause combining).