Books: Aspects of Reduplication in Languages of Cameroon and Senegal: Tamanji, Mba (Eds)
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Date: 02-May-2012 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: Aspects of Reduplication in Languages of Cameroon and Senegal: Tamanji, Mba (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Aspects of Reduplication in Languages of Cameroon and Senegal
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Language Typology 23
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Editor: Pius Ngwa Tamanji
Editor: Gabriel Mba
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862883059 Pages: 201 Price: Europe EURO 65.80
The present volume contains a study of reduplication in a variety of African languages and from different analytical perspectives. In all, the volume brings together thirteen papers with data from 15 languages in Cameroon and 1 in Senegal. While some of the papers give new impetus to issues of reduplication, others reflect the broad perspective of studies on reduplication as practised today.
Six papers on Isu, Medumba, Bafut, Nweh and Bantu zone A languages analyse a variety of reduplication phenomena using fairly recent theoretical models including MDT, generative grammar and discourse analysis. Major issues covered include the widespread palatal infix in Grassfields Bantu, a nasal infix in lexical reduplication, sources and patterns of association of reduplication tones, reduplication as a syntactic phenomenon and the role of reduplication in discourse.
Seven other papers on Bambele, Ghomala', Fe'fe', Limbum, Saafi Saafi, Mengisa and Kenyang present an interesting array of data on reduplication and, in addition, reflect a broad perspective of studies on reduplication. The diversity of approaches adopted makes interesting reading and represent, as such, a first step that may ultimately lead to a more thorough understanding of reduplication in African languages.
Table of contents
High vowel reduplication and infix genesis in Isu (West Ring) Roland Kießling
Sources of tones and patterns of their assignment to reduplicated forms in Bafut Ayu'nwi N. Neba
Morphological and Phonologically-induced Insertion in Word Reduplication and Syntactic Repetition in Grassfields Bantu Constantine Kouankem
Reduplication, word categories and sentence structure in Bafut Pius N. Tamanji
Productive and Non-productive reduplication patterns in Bantu Zone A (Northwest) languages Gratien G. Atindogbé and Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka