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Mon Nov 26 2012

Books: A Grammar of Sandawe: Steeman

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: A Grammar of Sandawe: Steeman
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Title: A Grammar of Sandawe
Subtitle: A Khoisan language of Tanzania
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Sander Steeman

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930768 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


This book presents a description of Sandawe, a Khoisan language spoken by
approximately 60 000 speakers in Dodoma Region, Tanzania. The study presents
an analysis of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the language, as well
as a sample of four texts. The data for this dissertation were gathered by the
author during fieldwork in the area where the language is spoken. The language
has a rich phonology, with sets of lateral fricatives and affricates,
ejectives, and fifteen clicks. The nominal domain is characterized by the
absence of regular number marking. The verbal domain, on the other hand, shows
various ways of number marking, which can express participant plurality and
pluractionality. The study further provides a comprehensive description of the
morphology and semantics of verbal derivation, such as iterative, factitive,
causative and middle stems, and verbal case markers that introduce an
additional pronominal object. Sandawe has various types of clitics, notably
subject/modality markers and mediative clitics, which have a variable position
in the clause. A grammar of Sandawe is of relevance to specialists in Khoisan
studies as well as to general linguists and typologists interested in number
marking, verbal derivation, and clitics.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Sandawe (sad)

Written In: English (eng)

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