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Title: The Verb and Related Areal Features in West Africa
Subtitle: Continuity and Discontinuity within and across Sprachbund Frontiers
Edited By: Petr Zima
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 77
Description:

Petr Zima (ed.) in cooperation with Norbert Cyffer, M.Holubová, Herrmann
Jungraithmayr, Rudolf Leger, Henning Schreiber, Anne Storch, Ullrike Zoch

This volume brings the results of international research, the roots of
which were already laid in the volume, published as No 47 of Lincom Studies
in African Linguistics (Areal and Genetic Factors in Language
Classification and Description: Africa South of the Sahara), some time ago.

More recently, a preliminary questionnaire regarding further research in
the areal distribution of TAM paradigms and functions was proposed on p. 10
of the volume Sprachbund in the West African Sahel , (published in Paris by
Bernard Caron and Petr Zima, Eds., 2006). Several related non-verbal
criteria suggested to complement the original questionnaire were added to
the list since 2007, within the framework of the currently running Czech
Science Foundation Project No 405/07/0277, and discussed at an
international workshop organised in cooperation with the Prague Linguistic
Circle in October, 2008. Data from languages of differing genetic origins
spoken West of Lake Chad, be they such sociolinguistically important
languages as Kanuri, Hausa, Fula, Songhay, etc., or be they
sociolinguistically minor languages from the Chadic, Mande or Niger-Congo
genetic contexts, served for attempts at a theoretical generalisation.

Table of Contents

Areal Features and their Limits
Petr Zima

Operator Second and its Variations in Mande Languages
Thomas Bearth

The Structure of the Kanuri Verb Phrase
Norbert Cyffer

Non-Verbal Predication in Kanuri - The Crux of Negation and Focus
Norbert Cyffer

The Verbal Systems of Ron, Mushere and Tangale – Three Southwestern Chadic
Fringe Languages
Herrmann Jungraithmayr

Ngas (Angas): The Verbal System
Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Miroslava Holubová

Verbal Classes in the Southern Bole-Tangale Languages
Rudolf Leger

Areal Features and Language Contact: The Volta Basin as a Linguistic
Convergence Area?
Henning Schreiber

How to Keep Languages Apart: Chadic and Jukunoid in Contact
Anne Storch

Areal Features in Northern Nigeria – Towards a Linguistic Area
Georg Ziegelmeyer

The Mutual Interplay of the Hausa Verbal Categories Expressed in the SP+VC
Complexes
Petr Zima

Hausa in Kumasi – an Overview
Ulrike Zoch

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783929075892
Pages: 384
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