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Title: Les Classes Nominales et leur Semantisme dans les Langues Bantu du nord-ouest
Written By: Daniel Franck Idiata
M. Leitch
J. P Rekanga
Pierre Ondo-Mebiame

La question du sémantisme des classes nominales dans le système bantu fascine les profanes aussi bien que les chercheurs. Mais dans la plupart des travaux, le sujet est abordé dans des termes si ambigus qu'on ne sait pas toujours ce qui est en cause, et on y confond souvent les niveaux d'analyse (diachronique et synchronique).
Le présent ouvrage, qui est une contribution de quatre linguistes, clôt définitivement le débat sur le mythique sémantisme des classes nominales dans les langues bantu actuelles, du moins celles du nord-ouest. Pour ce faire, les contributeurs décrivent et analysent, en se fondant sur des calculs statistiques précis, la corrélation entre affixes de classes et contenu sémantique dans huit langues bantu des zones A, B et C parlées au Cameroun (Mmala, groupe A 60), en république du Congo (Babole, groupe
C 10) et au Gabon (Fang-ntumu, groupe A 75 ; Myene-nkomi, groupe B10 ;
Ikota, groupe B 20 ; Pove, groupe B 30 ; Isangu, groupe B 40 et Inzebi, groupe B 50).

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): Bubi
Language Family(ies): Northwest Narrow Bantu
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3895866687
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 220pp
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