LINGUIST List 25.241

Tue Jan 14 2014

Diss: Bangime, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Typology, Language Documentation: Hantgan: 'Aspects of Bangime ...'

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 10-Jan-2014
From: Abbie Hantgan <>
Subject: Aspects of Bangime Phonology, Morphology, and Morphosyntax
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Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2013

Author: Abbie Hantgan

Dissertation Title: Aspects of Bangime Phonology, Morphology, and Morphosyntax

Dissertation URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Bangi Me (dba)
Language Family(ies): Language Isolate

Dissertation Director:
Samuel Gyasi Obeng
Robert Botne
Stuart M Davis
Jeffrey Heath

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation provides a description of aspects of the phonology,
morphology, and morphosyntax of Bangime. Bangime is a language isolate
spoken in the Dogon language speaking area of Central Eastern Mali.
Although the Bangande, the speakers of Bangime, self-identify with the
Dogon, their language bears practically no resemblance to the surrounding
Dogon languages. Bangime has limited productive morphological processes
whereas Dogon languages are agglutinating, with productive morphemes to
indicate inflectional and derivational verbal and nominal processes.
Bangime has a complex tonal system. General tendencies of the tonal
patterns are described, with the many exceptions which frequently occur
also outlined. Nominal tonal meloadies are apparent in plural forms.
Objects in verb phrases receive tonal agreement with tones on the verb in
accordance with the subject of the sentence.

The tense, aspect, and mood system of the language is also complicated.
Inflectional marking on the verb, auxiliaries, and the word order all
contribute to the indication of the tense, aspect or mood of the sentence.
An overview of these multifaceted phonological and morphological processes
is provided in this dissertation with hypotheses as to how the language
might have evolved.

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