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LINGUIST List 18.2069

Mon Jul 09 2007

Diss: Lang Doc/Historical Ling/General Ling: Henson: 'The Phonology...'

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Message 1: The Phonology and Morphosyntax of Kol
Date: 06-Jul-2007
From: Bonnie Henson <bonnie_hensonsil.org>
Subject: The Phonology and Morphosyntax of Kol


Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Bonnie J. Henson

Dissertation Title: The Phonology and Morphosyntax of Kol

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Kol (biw)

Dissertation Director:
Larry M. Hyman
Sharon Inkelas
Johanna Nichols
Lynn Nichols

Dissertation Abstract:

The Maka-Njem [A.80] languages of Cameroon are still very understudied
compared to the better known Bantu languages. Many variants are endangered
by virtue of their contact with both French, the language of education and
government, and more prestigious neighboring languages. In this study, I
describe one such language, Kol [A.832], focusing on its phonology,
morphology and basic syntax. In addition, Kol is compared to neighboring
(and closely related languages) and the historical development of Kol is
explored by examining sound correspondences with reconstructed Proto-Bantu
words and grammatical structures. In the course of the description, it is
shown that Kol has important consequences not only for our understanding of
Bantu descriptive and historical linguistics but also for certain
grammatical issues in general linguistic theory. An appendix includes texts
and a Kol-English lexicon.





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