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Name: Pius  Ngwa Tamanji
Institution: University of Yaounde I
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State and/or Country: Cameroon   
Specialty: (1) The Syntax of Bantu DPs and the Minimalist Program. /L/(2) The Structure of Grassfields Bantu Languages /L/(3) Speech Defects and Rehabilitation Strategies in Deaf Communities. /L/(4) Mother Tongue Education in Cameroon.
Selected Publications: (a) Books
Mutaka, N. and P. Tamanji (2003) Introduction to African Linguistics. LINCOM
Handbooks in Linguistics 16, LINCOM EUROPA, Muenchen.

(b) Chapters in Books
(1) Tamanji, P. and G. Mba (2003) “A Morphophonemic Study of Verbal
Extensions in Bafut” in Idiata and Mba (eds) Studies on Voice Through Verbal Extensions in Nine Bantu Languages Spoken in Cameroon, Gabon, DRC and Rwanda. Lincom Studies in African Linguistics 57, LINCOM EUROPA, Muenchen. pp 15 - 38

(2) Tamanji, Pius (2001) “Issues in the Syntax of Grassfields Bantu languages” in
Ngessimo and Chumbow (eds) Research Mate in African
Linguistics: Focus on Cameroon. Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, Köln. pp
159 – 182.

(3) Chumbow, B and P. Tamanji (1998) “Linguistic Identity Across the Boarders
of the Cameroon Triangle” in: K. K. Prah (ed) Between Distinction and Extinction: Harmonisation of African Languages, PP 53 – 74.

(4) Chumbow, B. and P. Tamanji (1994) “Bafut” in Peter Kahrel and R. van
Den Berg (eds) Typological Studies in Negation. John Benjamins,
Amsterdam, pp 211 – 236.

(c) Journal Articles
(1) Tamanji, P. (2002) “Negation, Verb Movement and Word Order in Bafut” in
Journal of West African Languages XXIX (1), pp 45 – 64.

(2) Tamanji, P. (2002) “Nominal Adjectives and the Binominal NP in Nweh” in
Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere 69, PP. 153 – 170.

(3) Tamanji, P. (2002) “Mechanisms of Lexical Expansion in Underprivileged
Languages” in Language Forum: Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, PP 211-236.

(4) Tamanji, P. (2001) “Derived Nominals in Bafut” in African Journal of
Applied Lingusitics, 02, PP 209 – 237.

(5) Tamanji, P. (2000/2001) “Agreement and the Internal Syntax of Bafut DPs” in
Journal of West African Languages 28(2), PP 85 – 107.
(6) Tamanji, P. (1999) “Patterns of Floating Tone Association in Bafut” in
University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 25.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Introduction to African Linguistics
 Aspects of Reduplication in Languages of Cameroon and Senegal
Reviewer of: Typology/Areal Linguistics: Childs (2004) (LL Issue 15.2513)



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