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Title: A Linguistic Geography of Africa
Edited By: Bernd Heine
Derek Nurse

More than forty years ago it was demonstrated that the African continent
can be divided into four distinct language families. Research on African
languages has accordingly been preoccupied with reconstructing and
understanding similarities across these families. This has meant that an
interest in other kinds of linguistic relationship, such as whether
structural similarities and dissimilarities among African languages are the
result of contact between these languages, has never been the subject of
major research. This 2007 book shows that such similarities across African
languages are more common than is widely believed. It provides a broad
perspective on Africa as a linguistic area, as well as an analysis of
specific linguistic regions. In order to have a better understanding of
African languages, their structures, and their history, more information on
these contact-induced relationships is essential to understanding Africa's
linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its history and prehistory.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521182697
ISBN-13: 9780521182690
Prices: U.K. £ 28.99
U.S. $ 45.00