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Title: Morphosyntaxe du kuwaataay
Subtitle: Langue atlantique du Senegal
Written By: Jules Jacques Georges Coly
URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu/
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 86

Le kuwaataay, langue d’environ 6.000 locuteurs, appartient à la famille atlantique du phylum Niger-Congo. Elle est membre du groupe jóola dont les langues du même nom constituent la majorité des langues – autrement - connues sous l’appellation ‘bak’. Ces sont toutes parlées au sud du fleuve Gambie dans la région naturelle de la Casamance au Sénégal. S’il est vrai que ces langues ont très tôt attiré l’attention de nombreux voyageurs, linguistes, ethnographes etc., il n’en demeure pas moins qu’un nombre infime d’entre-elles a fait l’objet d’une documentation poussée. Aussi, le kuwaataay n’échappe t-il pas à ce lot. Dès lors, la présente étude morphosyntaxique constitue non seulement une contribution majeure dans la description du kuwaataay, langue dont la documentation reste à ce jour pratiquement inexistante, mais encore un ouvrage important pour la comparaison des langues atlantiques. L’ouvrage comporte les chapitres suivants : (1) Introduction, (2) Phonologie, (3) Morphophonologie, (4) Système nominal, (5) Système verbal, (6) Autres catégories grammaticales, (7) Types de prédications, (8) Modifications de la valence, (9) Localisation, direction et manière, (10) Phrase complexe et (11) Topicalisation, Focalisation et Interrogation.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
African linguistics
Subject Language(s): Kuwaataay
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862883981
Pages: 312
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