LINGUIST List 10.869

Tue Jun 8 1999

Books: African

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Directory

  1. LINCOM EUROPA, African Ling: Barawa Lexicon
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, African Ling: Dictionary of Mbay
  3. LINCOM EUROPA, African Ling: Reference Grammar of Mbay
  4. LINCOM EUROPA, African Ling: Cyclicity in the...Phonology of Kivunjo Chaga
  5. LINCOM EUROPA, African Ling: langues du Gabon et du Congo-Brazzaville
  6. LINCOM EUROPA, African Ling: Mbay Texts, Tales, etc.

Message 1: African Ling: Barawa Lexicon

Date: Sat, 05 Jun 1999 10:19:09 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: African Ling: Barawa Lexicon

BARAWA LEXICON. 
A Wordlist of Eight South Bauchi (West Chadic) Languages: Boghom, Buli,
Dott, Geji, Jimi, Polci, Sayanci and Zul

Ronald Cosper, Saint Mary's University, Canada, and Bayero University 
Kano, Nigeria

The South Bauchi group of languages, spoken in northern Nigeria is the
least studied subfamily of West Chadic. The body of this document
consists of a lexicon of 852 words from eight South Bauchi (Barawa)
languages: Jimi, Zul, Geji, Polci, Dott, Sayanci, Buli and Boghom. 
Most of these languages could be called endangered; only Sayanci, the
largest, is relatively secure, and some of the languages have only a few
hundred speakers. Nearly all speakers are bilingual in Hausa, which has
had a considerable influence on the lexicons and grammars of these
languages. 
For scholars interested in comparative linguistics, these languages
should be of maximal use, as they represent geographic extremes of the
family. 
Items in the lexicon are organized according to semantic and syntactic
categories: semantic categories of nouns are followed by adjectives,
numerals, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and a number of
categories of verb. This organization reflects a cognitive structure
useful in fieldwork with native speakers, and academic and general users
of these wordlists should also find this topical mode of presentation
helpful. The wordlists are preceded by an introduction and outline of
the phonologies of the languages.

ISBN 3 89586 931 7. 
LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 39. 
USD 52 / DM 80 / pound sterling 28.

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Message 2: African Ling: Dictionary of Mbay

Date: Sat, 05 Jun 1999 11:55:20 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: African Ling: Dictionary of Mbay

DICTIONARY OF MBAY 
John Keegan compiled with Nangbaye Marcel and Manadji Tolkom Bertin

Mbay is a Central Sudanic language spoken in southern Chad near the
border with Central Africa. There are an estimated 80,000 speakers of
Mbay in the subprefecture of Moissala. It is a Sara language, and is
most closely related to Sar (Madjingay), Ngam and Nar. The work is based
on materials gathered in Chad during the periods 1977-1979 and
1988-1990.
	The dictionary attempts to provide a description of the Mbay language
and the people who speak it as viewed from the lexicon. The scope is
broad, incorporating more information, both linguistic and cultural,
than is commonly contained in a work of this type. The goal has been to
describe the lexicon in a fashion that is not only acurate, but also
revealing of how the words are used by the Mbay in their daily life. In
addition to the meanings, expressions, and idioms found to be associated
with a word, sample sentences illustrating that meaning in a typical
context have been provided.

ISBN 3 89586 052 2. 
Languages of the World/Dictionaries 03. 
610 pp. Ca. 300 illustrations. USD 131 / DM 196 / pound sterling 79.

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Message 3: African Ling: Reference Grammar of Mbay

Date: Sat, 05 Jun 1999 11:52:20 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: African Ling: Reference Grammar of Mbay

A REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF MBAY 
John Keegan

A Reference Grammar of Mbay provides a solid introduction to the
grammars of Mbay, a Central-Sudanic languuge of the Sara family
described in a Dictionary of Mbay by the same author. It is based on
extensive field research among the Mbay in Chad during the period data
for the dictionary was collected. The grammar is diveded into eight
sections.
	The first five describe the phonology and morphology. First. segmental
phonology is described, and a thorough explanation and justification of
the writing system is provided, followed by a description of tone and
vowel length. The second section treats morpheme structure, with
emphasis on the canonical and harmonic constraints which limit the shape
of Mbay morphemes. The inflectional paradigms are described in the third
section, and this is followed in the fourth by an explanation of the
phonological change associated with inflection, with emphasis on a
description of the different types of tonal change. Section five treats
the limited word formation processes found in the language.
	Section six through eight treat Mbay syntax. Section six describes the
structure and uses of the different categories and subcategories, and
includes descriptions of alienable/inalienable nouns, verb aspect,
serial verbs, adjectival uses of verbs and nouns, and the various uses
of ideophones, specifiers and compleentizers. 
	Section seven deals with word order, describing sentence order as well
as the structure of the noun, verb and prepositional phrase. Included in
this section are a number of special structures and expressions. In
general, the description contained in these sections attempts to be
broad in scope, and includes explanatations of how to express common
concepts (e.g. existence, impersonal expression, comparison,
superlative, etx.) as well as interesting aspects of Mbay syntax which
transcend individual categories (eg. the notion of
'standing/sitting/lying'). 
	Section eight deals with the rules governing the mandatory subject and
object reference affices. The grammatical descriptions are accompanied
by abundant examples, and in many cases word for word translation are
given in addition to a more conventional translation.

ISBN 3 89586 173 1. 
LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 14. 
240pp. Photographs. USD 75 / DM 117/ pound sterling 46. 

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Message 4: African Ling: Cyclicity in the...Phonology of Kivunjo Chaga

Date: Sat, 05 Jun 1999 10:29:39 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: African Ling: Cyclicity in the...Phonology of Kivunjo Chaga

CYCLICITY IN THE PHRASAL PHONOLOGY OF KIVUNJO CHAGA
Brian McHugh, Temple University

This work is a pre-OT study of cyclicity and suprasegmentals in the
phrasal (postlexical) phonology of KiVunjo Chaga, a Bantu language of
Tanzania. In it, my primary aim is to lend support to Prosodic Hierarchy
theory, with one controversial modification: cyclic application of
phrasing- sensitive rules. My empirical base consists of the elaborate
KiVunjo Chaga tone sandhi paradigm, which reflects not only a full range
of lexical tone contrasts ("etymological tone", in Bantuist parlance),
but also a variable, metrically assigned accent that attracts
phrase-final boundary tone features, with the result that the underlying
tonal inventory of high and low is enriched to include superhigh,
downstepped high, and downstepped superhigh tones. 
In addition, an across-the-board, phrase-level tone shift contributes to
the complexity of this paradigm (and to the argument for cyclicity) by
introducing contour tones in domain-final position. In analyzing the
mechanics of phrasal tone-accent rules in KiVunjo Chaga, I also argue
for (a) underspecification of tone features and (b) a hierarchical
representation of tone and accent as daughters of a single
suprasegmental root tier, which serves the dual function of providing
tone-bearing units and bottom-line grid marks for accent and stress.

ISBN 3 89586 042 5. 
LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 03. 
Ca. 240 pp. USD 67 / DM 94 / pound sterling 43. 



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Message 5: African Ling: langues du Gabon et du Congo-Brazzaville

Date: Sat, 05 Jun 1999 12:28:33 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: African Ling: langues du Gabon et du Congo-Brazzaville

Douze �tudes sur les langues du Gabon et du Congo-Brazzaville
Jean Alain Blanchon, Universit� Lumi�re-Lyon 2

	Le pr�sent recueil, compos� de douze articles parus entre 1984 et 1993
dans Pholia, revue du Centre de Recherches Linguistiques et
Semiologiques de l'Universit� Lumi�re-Lyon 2, traite de divers aspects
de la morphologie et de la tonologie d'une dizaine de langues bantoues
des zones B et H : mpongw�, eshira, massango, pounou, loumbou, nz�bi,
obamba, vili, yoombi et laari. Bien entendu, toutes les langues de la
r�gion n'ont pas �t� examin�es et seules les questions les plus
interessantes ont �t� retenues. Les choix qui ont �t� faits ont parfois
�t� dict�s par d'heureuses rencontres avec tel ou tel informateur ou
collaborateur. Cependant, un projet coh�rent sous-tend tout de m�me la
diversit� de ces �tudes : guid� par la conviction que la solution � un
probl�me linguistique donn� peut souvent se d�couvrir plus facilement,
et se formuler de fa�on plus int�ressante, si l'on examine les langues
voisines, il s'agissait d'essayer de mieux comprendre les problemes
ardus pos�s par le groupe B.40, et tout particuli�rement par le pounou
(B.43) en �tendant l'analyse de proche en proche. Cette m�thode continue
a guider les travaux plus r�cents de l'auteur. 
	Les langues du Gabon et du Congo-Brazzaville sont encore mal connues,
malgr� les apports r�cents de chercheurs africains et europ�ens.
L'ambition des travaux publi�s ici �tait de fournir quelques bases
solides pour des �tudes dont beaucoup sont encore � venir. 

ISBN 3 89586 605 9. 
LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 33. 
Ca. 200 pp. USD 58 / DM 88 / pound sterling 33.

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Message 6: African Ling: Mbay Texts, Tales, etc.

Date: Sat, 05 Jun 1999 11:49:37 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: African Ling: Mbay Texts, Tales, etc.

MBAY TEXTS TALES, RECIPES, GAMES AND RIDDLES
John M. Keegan

Djiblo Ngarramadji, Nangbaye Marcel, Yankal Kindomkoul, Serge Koidere,
Souangar Mahamat Ngonsay, M. Djimadoumnar. Edited and Translated by John
M. Keegan

This collection of Mbay texts was gathered during the periods 1977-1979
and 1988-1990 as part of the research for the Dictionary of Mbay and A
Reference Grammar of Mbay by the same author. The collection contains
approximately 30 texts of various types. It includes a selection of
typical Mbay tales and riddles, a few recipes for typical foods (e.g.
'boule' and 'long sauce'), descriptions of games (e.g. 'jacks' and
'warriors'), several 'how to' descriptions of typical Mbay activities
(e.g. 'how to make a mud house' and 'how to make soap'), and a few
descriptions of cultural phenomena (e.g. 'lion-men' and 'returned
spirits'). 
	The texts are written with the same transcription used in the
Dictionary of Mbay, and there is a morpheme-by-morpheme translation of
each line followed by a more colloquial translation.

ISBN 3 929075 93 8. 
Languages of the World/ Text- Collections 16. 
Ca. 100 pp. USD 44 / DM 64 / pound sterling 24. June 1999.

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  • Arnold Publishers
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  • CSLI Publications
  • Elsevier Science, Ltd.
  • Finno-Ugrian Society
  • Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Lincom Europa
  • MIT Press--Books Division
  • MIT Working Papers in Linguisticsi
  • Mouton de Gruyter
  • Pacific Linguistics
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
  • Vaxjo:Acta Wexionesia