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Books: The Afroasiatic Languages: Shay, Frajzyngier (Eds)

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Subject: The Afroasiatic Languages: Shay, Frajzyngier (Eds)
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Title: The Afroasiatic LanguagesSeries Title: Cambridge Language Surveys

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Zygmunt FrajzyngierEditor: Erin Shay

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521865333 Pages: 708 Price: U.S. $ 160.00


Afroasiatic languages are spoken by some 300 million people in Northern,Central and Eastern Africa and the Middle East. This book is the firsttypological study of these languages, which are comprised of around 375 livingand extinct varieties. They are an important object of study because of theirtypological diversity in the areas of phonology (some have tone; others donot), morphology (some have extensive inflectional systems; others do not),position of the verb in the clause (some are verb-initial, some areverb-medial, and some are verb-final) and in the semantic functions theyencode. This book documents this typological diversity and the typologicalsimilarities across the languages and includes information on endangered andlittle-known languages. Requiring no previous knowledge of the specificlanguage families, it will be welcomed by linguists interested in linguistictheory, typology, historical linguistics and endangered languages, as well asscholars of Africa and the Middle East.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay2. Berber Maarten Kossmann3. Ancient Egyptian and Coptic Antonio Loprieno and Matthias Mueller4. Semitic Gene B. Gragg and Robert D. Hoberman5. Chadic Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay6. Cushitic Maarten Mous7. Omotic Azeb Amha8. Typological outline of the Afroasiatic phylum Zygmunt Frajzyngier.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics Language Documentation Typology

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic

Written In: English (eng)

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