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Name: Knut  J. Olawsky
Institution: La Trobe University
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: Australia   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Dagbani
Selected Publications: Olawsky, K.J.: Urarina word classes. In: Proceedings from the fifth Workshop on American Indigenous Languages, Santa Barbara Papers in Linguistics, vol. 13. Edited by Jeanie Castillo. Santa Barbara, 2003: 38-52.

Olawsky, K.J.: Urarina texts. Languages of the World/Text Collections. Munich 2002: LINCOM. 1-238.

Olawsky, K.J.: What is a word in Dagbani? In: Word. A cross-linguistic typology, edited by R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 205-226.

Olawsky, K.J.: Aspects of Dagbani grammar – with special emphasis on phonology and morphology. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics. Munich, 1999. 1-293.

Olawsky, K.J.: Psycholinguistic experiments on Dagbani number classes. Arbeiten des SFB 282, Nr. 108. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf 1998: 1-52.

Olawsky, K. J.: Tone Patterns and Morphology in Dagbani: The Prosodic Structure of Nouns. In: Proceedings of the 2nd World Congress of African Linguistics, Leipzig, 27th July - 3rd August 1997. Edited by Wolff, H. Ekkehard; Gensler, Orin D. 2000. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, (16 pages).

Olawsky, K.J.: Dagbani as a tonal language. In: Afroasiatica Neapolitana: Studi Africanistici 6, Napoli: Istituto Universitario Orientale, 1997: 291-304.

Olawsky, K.J.: An introduction to Dagbani phonology. Arbeiten des SFB 282, Nr. 76. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf 1996. 1-39.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Aspects of Dagbani Grammar: With Special Emphasis on Phonology and Morphology
 Urarina texts
 A Grammar of Urarina
 Aspects of Dagbani Grammar
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  A Grammar of Urarina
 Aspects of Dagbani Grammar

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