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LINGUIST List 23.5015

Sat Dec 01 2012

Books: The Afroasiatic Languages: Shay, Frajzyngier (Eds)

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

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Afroasiatic Languages: Shay, Frajzyngier (Eds)
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Title: The Afroasiatic Languages
Series Title: Cambridge Language Surveys

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6608051/The%20Afroasiatic%20Languages/?site_locale=en_US

Editor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Editor: Erin Shay

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521865333 Pages: 708 Price: U.S. $ 160.00


Afroasiatic languages are spoken by some 300 million people in Northern,
Central and Eastern Africa and the Middle East. This book is the first
typological study of these languages, which are comprised of around 375 living
and extinct varieties. They are an important object of study because of their
typological diversity in the areas of phonology (some have tone; others do
not), morphology (some have extensive inflectional systems; others do not),
position of the verb in the clause (some are verb-initial, some are
verb-medial, and some are verb-final) and in the semantic functions they
encode. This book documents this typological diversity and the typological
similarities across the languages and includes information on endangered and
little-known languages. Requiring no previous knowledge of the specific
language families, it will be welcomed by linguists interested in linguistic
theory, typology, historical linguistics and endangered languages, as well as
scholars of Africa and the Middle East.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay
2. Berber Maarten Kossmann
3. Ancient Egyptian and Coptic Antonio Loprieno and Matthias Mueller
4. Semitic Gene B. Gragg and Robert D. Hoberman
5. Chadic Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay
6. Cushitic Maarten Mous
7. Omotic Azeb Amha
8. Typological outline of the Afroasiatic phylum Zygmunt Frajzyngier.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic

Written In: English (eng)

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