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LINGUIST List 19.1688

Tue May 27 2008

Books: Language Documentation: Heath

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, A Grammar of Jamsay: Heath

Message 1: A Grammar of Jamsay: Heath
Date: 27-May-2008
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: A Grammar of Jamsay: Heath
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Title: A Grammar of Jamsay
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] 45
Published: 2008
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110201130-1

Author: Jeffrey Heath
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110201130 Pages: 735 Price: Europe EURO 148.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110201130 Pages: 735 Price: U.S. $ 237.00 Comment: For orders placed in North America only

Jamsay is the largest-population language among some twenty Dogon languages
in Mali, West Africa. This is the first comprehensive grammar of any Dogon
language, including a full tonology. The language is verb-final, with
subject agreement on the verb and with no other case-marking. Its most
striking feature is the morphosyntactically triggered use of stem-wide
tone-contour overlays on nouns, verbs, and adjectives. All stems have a
lexical tone contour such as H[igh], L[ow]-H, HL, or LHL with at least one
H-tone. An exam of tone overlay is tone-dropping to stem-wide all-L. This
is used for Perfective verbs (in the presence of a focalized constituent),
and for a noun or adjective before an adjective. It is also used to mark
the head NP in a relative clause (the head NP is not extracted, so this is
the only direct indication of head NP status). The verb in a relative
clause is morphologically a participle, agreeing with the head NP in
humanness and number, rather than with the subject. "Intonation" is used
grammatically. For example, NP conjunction 'X and Y' is expressed as X Y,
without a conjunction, but with "dying-quail" intonation on both conjuncts.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Dogon, Jamsay (djm)

Written In: English (eng )

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