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Title: Current Perspectives in Phono-Syntax and Dialectology
Edited By: Gordon S. K. Adika
Felix Abídèmí Fábùnmi
Akeem Ségun Sàláwù
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This book is a resource book on diverse aspects of Dialect Syntax and Phonology. It is also an outlet for researchers in the field of micro-comparative syntax. The goal is to stimulate cooperation in the study of dialect syntax which is a rapidly growing field. The study of linguistic diversity is one of the keys to understanding the human linguistic capacity and the limits within which human language systems may vary. The presentations in this book are approached in various ways: empirical viewpoints, micro- and macro comparative studies, etc.

The book highlights the relations between dialects and linguistic theory, and dialects and linguistic change; dialects and phonological theories, dialects and phonological variations, among others. The book contains works on Nigerian languages such as Yorùbá (Igálá, Owé, Àkókó, Ìlàje, Ifè, Mòòlí, etc,) Okó-Osányèn; Ìgbò, (Mgbidi, Ibibio), Esan, etc, Hausa (Margi, etc); Ghanaian languages such as Ferari, Gurune, Akan (Twi, Fante), etc; Cameroonian languages such as Bum; Kenya languages such as Ekègùsìi; and Caribbean Creole such as the Island of Caribbean Sea, Guyana, Belize, and a continuum variety of English: basilect, mesolect, acrolect, etc.). Although the emphasis has been placed on dialectology (dialect-syntax) with much to contribute to the body of linguistic knowledge and theory, other topics treated in the present volume include language contact, language documentation and online discourse.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Department of Gur-Gonja, Faculty of Languages, University of Education, Winneba
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789988849810