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Tue Feb 08 2011

Books: Historical Linguistics/Socioling: Heine, Nurse (Eds)

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        1.     Joyce Reid , A Linguistic Geography of Africa: Heine, Nurse (Eds)

Message 1: A Linguistic Geography of Africa: Heine, Nurse (Eds)
Date: 05-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: A Linguistic Geography of Africa: Heine, Nurse (Eds)
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Title: A Linguistic Geography of Africa
Published: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Editor: Bernd Heine
Editor: Derek Nurse
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521182690 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 28.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521182690 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Abstract:

More than forty years ago it was demonstrated that the African continent
can be divided into four distinct language families. Research on African
languages has accordingly been preoccupied with reconstructing and
understanding similarities across these families. This has meant that an
interest in other kinds of linguistic relationship, such as whether
structural similarities and dissimilarities among African languages are the
result of contact between these languages, has never been the subject of
major research. This 2007 book shows that such similarities across African
languages are more common than is widely believed. It provides a broad
perspective on Africa as a linguistic area, as well as an analysis of
specific linguistic regions. In order to have a better understanding of
African languages, their structures, and their history, more information on
these contact-induced relationships is essential to understanding Africa's
linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its history and prehistory.

1. Introduction. Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse;
2. Is Africa a linguistic area? Bernd Heine and Zelealem Leyew;
3. Africa as a phonological area. Nick Clements and Annie Rialland;
4. Africa as a morphosyntactic area. Denis Creissels, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal,
Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Christa König;
5. The Macro-Sudan belt. Tom Güldemann;
6. The Tanzanian Rift Valley area. Roland Kießling, Maarten Mous and Derek
Nurse;
7. Ethiopia. Joachim Crass and Ronny Meyer;
8. The marked-nominative languages of eastern Africa. Christa König;
9. Africa's verb-final languages. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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