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LINGUIST List 23.4945

Tue Nov 27 2012

Books: A Grammar of Gaahmg: Stirtz

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

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: A Grammar of Gaahmg: Stirtz
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Title: A Grammar of Gaahmg
Subtitle: A Nilo-Saharan Language of Sudan
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series

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

Author: Timothy M. Stirtz

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930782 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


This thesis investigates the grammar of Gaahmg, a Nilo-Saharan, Eastern
Sudanic language spoken in the Blue Nile Province of North Sudan. The
comprehensive description provides an analysis of the phonology, morphology,
and syntax. Ten texts of various genre are given to help illustrated the
grammar in context. Gaahmg is morphologically rich, employing many suffixes
and clitics on nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Tone and [ATR] quality
distinguish a significant number of lexemes and grammatical functions. Several
specific processes of consonant weakening, vowel elision, [+ATR] spreading,
[+round] spreading, and morphological tone rules, account for the vast
majority of alternations when morphemes are combined. The syntax is equally
interesting. Agentive passive, agentless passive, antipassive, and causative
verb forms are syntactically and morphologically distinct and combine in
nearly all possible ways. All pronouns use vowel features to represent the
person referred to, the three persons coinciding with the language’s three
vowel harmony pairs. Body part locatives are similar in form and meaning to
inherently possessed body part nouns, but are a distinct lexical category in
form and function. These and other features make the description a valuable
resource for Nilo-Saharan linguists as well as those interested in the
typology of African

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Language Family(ies): Nilo-Saharan

Written In: English (eng)

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