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Title: African Languages
Subtitle: An Introduction
Edited By: Bernd Heine
Derek Nurse
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521661781
Description:

This book is the first general introduction to African languages and
linguistics to be published in English. It covers the four major language
groupings (Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan), the core
areas of modern theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax),
typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and language, history
and society. Basic concepts and terminology are explained for
undergraduates and nonspecialist readers, but each chapter also provides an
overview of the state of the art in its field, and as such will be referred
to by more advanced students and general linguists. "It should be in any
academic library that supports curricula in linguistics, African languages,
or broader programs of African studies." Choice "This book provides a
thorough introduction to African languages and linguistics, covering
typology, structure and sociolinguistics." African Sun Times "The
contributors are outstanding scholars, and they provide excellent and
easy-to-read pieces...At present, no other text offers such a broad
coverage of the diverse African language families; hence, this volume is an
extraordinary resources for students and scholars interested in the study
of African languages...This volume is a succesful introduction to African
languages and linguistics." Anthropological Linguistics "The book has a
substantial bibliography and extremely useful indexes of authors, language
names, and subjects. It should be in any academic library that supports
curricula in lingustics, African languages, or broader programs of African
studies. It may well be assigned as a textbook, so should certainly be in
the regular stacks, but is easy enough to use and covers so much
information that it could also serve well in reference collection." Choice

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Review: Read the review
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Typology
Genetic Classification
Language Family(ies): Southern African Khoisan
Central Southern African Khoisan
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ISBN: 0521661781
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Pages: 406
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