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Title: Introduction to African Linguistics
Series Title: LINCOM Handbooks in Linguistics 16
Description:

An Introduction to African Linguistics deals with the main features of languages as found mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more particularly in Bantu languages.
As mentioned by one of the authors, "one motivation for writing the book is that, during my graduate studies, I always wished I had access to an introductory book of this nature. Very often, Doug Pulleyblank or Larry Hyman would refer me to certain phonological processes found in some African languages, and I thought it would be helpful if students of African linguistics could have easier access to such examples in an introductory book on African Linguistics. My hope is that this book will prove interesting not only for most linguistics students but also for any linguist or any linguistic sympathizer who will find in this book precious information scattered in various published and unpublished materials not easily accessible."
Maybe, what renders the book most unique is the three chapters on Phonology: chapter 3: non tonal phonological processes, chapter 4: tonological processes, chapter 5: exercises on phonological processes. These chapters basically encapsulate the richness of African phonology made available in one single introductory volume. Other chapters are equally interesting. Thus chapter 8, "Notes on the historical linguistics of African languages," provides background material on African languages; chapter 7, "the Syntax of African languages," provides an easy-to-understand explanation of syntactic terms and their illustrations through various African languages. This chapter is a contribution of Pius N. Tamanji together with the sections on "lexical expansion" in chapter 10, "verbal extensions,"and "tense, aspect and mood" in chapter 6.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Phonology
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Bantoanon
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 389586675X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 340pp
Prices: USD 74 / DM 128 / # 44