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Title: The East Sudanic Languages: Lexicon and Phonology
Written By: M. Lionel Bender
Description:

This book will be of interest to African-language specialists, especially
those in Nilo-Saharan and Nilotic, those working in neighboring families
(e.g. for diffusion phenomena), and to non-Africanists, especially
phonologists.

This is the first monograph on the lexicon and phonology of the East
Sudanic family of languages of east and northeast Africa, as defined by
Joseph H. Greenberg and modified by the author. The book begins with a
description of the family and its membership. There are approximately 54
separate languages, divided into nine families: Nubian, Nera, Nyima, Tama,
Surma, Jebel, Temein, Daju, and Nilotic. The first four make up the
k-family, retaining Nilo-Saharan 1 sg. independent pronoun with a velar
element; the last five form the n-family, with innovated 1 sg. -n-. Nubian,
Surma, and Nilotic are the largest families both in terms of separate
languages and numbers of speakers, with some Nubian and Nilotic varieties
approaching major-language status. Sketches of the phonologies of all
languages are then presented. Three sets of proposed isoglosses are given
in detail: 67 for all of East Sudanic, 174 for Ek, and 78 for En. An
appendix presents several hundred East Sudanic fragments or sub-isoglosses.
Three chapters are devoted to phonological analysis and various issues such
as final consonants, vowel and consonant sequences, morpheme types,
homophones, and diagnostic isoglosses defining families. Five indices of
isoglosses and fragments, notes on chapters, and references take up 48
pages, and there is a final map and locater key. A sequel on morphology of
the Ek family is being planned.


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Southern Illinois University

To order, please contact:
M. Lionel Bender
401 S. Emerald LN
Carbondale, IL
62901, USA

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: M.L. Bender
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Phonology
Lexicography
Language Family(ies): Eastern Sudanic
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Pages: vi, 169
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