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Title: Studies in African Linguistic Typology
Edited By: F. K. Erhard Voeltz
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 64

The twenty-one papers that make up this volume reflect the broad
perspective of African linguistic typology studies today. Where previous
volumes would present language material from a very restricted area and
perspective, the present contributions reflect the global interest and
orientation of current African linguistic studies. The studies are nearly
all implicational in nature.

Based upon a detailed survey of a particular linguistic phenomenon in a
given language or language area conclusions are drawn about the general
nature about this phenomenon in the languages of Africa and beyond. They
represent as such a first step that may ultimately lead to a more thorough
understanding of African linguistic structures. This approach is well
justified. Taking the other road, attempting to pick out linguistic details
from often fairly superficially documented languages runs the risk that the
data and its implications for the structure investigated might be
misunderstood. Consequentially only very few studies of this nature giving
the very broad perspective, the overview of a particular structure type
covering the whole African continent are represented here.

Table of contents

F. K. Erhard Voeltz ix–xiii

Future tense and aspect marking in Southern Bantu
Herman M. Batibo 1–12

The marking of directional deixis in Somali: How typological idiosyncratic
is it?
Philippe Bourdin 13–41

A typology of subject and object markers in African languages
Denis Creissels 43–70

Head marking, dependent marking and constituent order in the Nilotic area
Gerrit J. Dimmendaal 71–92

Agent phrases in Bantu passives
Axel Fleisch 93–111

Grammaticalization of switch reference: Motivation and means
Zygmunt Frajzyngier 113–130

Complex predicates based on generic auxiliaries as an areal feature in
Northeast Africa
Tom Güldemann 131–154

The OHO constraint
Richard J. Hayward 155–169

The word in Luganda.
Larry M. Hyman and Francis X. Katamba 171–193

Case in Africa: On categorial misbehavior
Christa König 195–207

The typology of relative clause formation in African languages
Tania Kuteva and Bernard Comrie 209–228

Deictic categories in particles and demonstratives in three Gur languages
Kézié Koyenzi Lébikaza 229–249

Preprefix or not — that is the question: The case of Kwangali, Kwanyama and
Karsten Legere 251–262

Nonverbal and verbal negations in Kabyle (Berber): A typological perspective
Amina Mettouchi 263–276

Grammaticalization chains of the verb Kàre 'to give' in Kabba
Rosmarie Moser 277–301

Selectors in Cushitic
Maarten Mous 303–325

How Bantu is Kiyansi? A re-examination of its verbal inflections
Salikoko S. Mufwene 327–335

Diathesis alternation in some Gur languages
Brigitte Reineke and Gudrun Miehe 337–360

Structure and function of incorporation processes in compounding
Claudia Maria Riehl and Christa Kilian-Hatz 361–376

Toward a typological perspective for Emai's BE constructions.
Ronald P. Schaefer and Francis Oisaghaede Egbokhare 377–396

Intrinsic focus and focus control in two varieties of Hausa
H. Ekkehard Wolff 397–415

Language index 417–419

Name index 421–423

Subject index 425–426

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Subject Language(s): Hausa
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229759
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 426
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