LINGUIST List 27.3041

Fri Jul 22 2016

Books: A Grammar of Dazaga: Walters

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Date: 22-Jul-2016
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Subject: A Grammar of Dazaga: Walters
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Title: A Grammar of Dazaga
Series Title: Grammars and Sketches of the World's Languages
Published: 2016
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Josiah K. Walters
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004323919 Pages: 295 Price: Europe EURO 104
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004315587 Pages: 295 Price: Europe EURO 104

In A Grammar of Dazaga, Josiah Walters provides the first detailed description and analysis of Dazaga (a Saharan language) in the past half-century. Based on a review of previous work on Dazaga, and with his own more recent data, the author describes the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Dazaga. He provides a new analysis of the categorization of verbs in to classes, demonstrating the prominence of light verb constructions in Dazaga. His analysis of the syntax brings to light several striking features of Dazaga, including optional ergative case marking, mixed alignment of objects, a variety of causative constructions, and verb serialization. Throughout the work, the author relates his findings to work on related languages and to recent typological studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Dazaga (dzg)
Language Family(ies): Nilo-Saharan
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (eng)

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