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Books: A Grammar of Sandawe: Steeman

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Subject: A Grammar of Sandawe: Steeman
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Title: A Grammar of SandaweSubtitle: A Khoisan language of TanzaniaSeries Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Sander Steeman

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930768 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


This book presents a description of Sandawe, a Khoisan language spoken byapproximately 60 000 speakers in Dodoma Region, Tanzania. The study presentsan analysis of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the language, as wellas a sample of four texts. The data for this dissertation were gathered by theauthor during fieldwork in the area where the language is spoken. The languagehas a rich phonology, with sets of lateral fricatives and affricates,ejectives, and fifteen clicks. The nominal domain is characterized by theabsence of regular number marking. The verbal domain, on the other hand, showsvarious ways of number marking, which can express participant plurality andpluractionality. The study further provides a comprehensive description of themorphology and semantics of verbal derivation, such as iterative, factitive,causative and middle stems, and verbal case markers that introduce anadditional pronominal object. Sandawe has various types of clitics, notablysubject/modality markers and mediative clitics, which have a variable positionin the clause. A grammar of Sandawe is of relevance to specialists in Khoisanstudies as well as to general linguists and typologists interested in numbermarking, verbal derivation, and clitics.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation Typology

Subject Language(s): Sandawe (sad)

Written In: English (eng)

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