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LINGUIST List 20.3634

Tue Oct 27 2009

Books: General Linguistics: Mutaka

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Introduction to African Linguistics: Mutaka

Message 1: Introduction to African Linguistics: Mutaka
Date: 25-Oct-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Introduction to African Linguistics: Mutaka
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Title: Introduction to African Linguistics
Series Title: LINCOM Handbooks in Linguistics 16
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Ngessimo Mutaka
Paperback: ISBN: 389586675X Pages: 323 Price: Europe EURO 87.80

Note: This is the 2009 printing of a previously announced book.

An Introduction to African Linguistics is a book which deals with the main
features of languages as found mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more
particularly in Bantu languages.

As mentioned by one of the authors, "one motivation for writing the book is
that, during my graduate studies, I always wished I had access to an
introductory book of this nature. Very often, Doug Pulleyblank or Larry
Hyman would refer me to certain phonological processes found in some
African languages, and I thought it would be helpful if students of African
linguistics could have easier access to such examples in an introductory
book on African Linguistics. My hope is that this book will prove
interesting not only for most linguistics students but also for any
linguist or any linguistic sympathizer who will find in this book precious
information scattered in various published and unpublished materials not
easily accessible."

Maybe, what renders the book most unique is the three chapters on
Phonology: chapter 3: non-tonal phonological processes, chapter 4:
tonological processes, chapter 5: exercises on phonological processes.
These chapters basically encapsulate the richness of African phonology made
available in one single introductory volume. Other chapters are equally
interesting. Thus chapter 8, "Notes on the historical linguistics of
African languages," provides background material on African languages;
chapter 7, "the Syntax of African languages," provides an
easy-to-understand explanation of syntactic terms and their illustrations
through various African languages. This chapter is a contribution of Pius
N. Tamanji together with the sections on "lexical expansion" in chapter 10,
"verbal extensions,"and "tense, aspect and mood" in chapter 6.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Classification of African languages
Chapter 2: Sound systems of African languages: phonetics
Chapter 3: Non tonal phonological processes
Chapter 4: Tonological processes
Chapter 5: Exercises on phonological processes
Chapter 6: Morphology
Chapter 7: The Syntax of African Languages
Chapter 8: Notes on historical linguistics
Chapter 9: Trade languages, pidgins, and creoles
Chapter 10: Further issues in African linguistics

22nd printing 2009.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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