LINGUIST List 28.629

Wed Feb 01 2017

Books: Diversity in African languages: Payne, Pacchiarotti, Bosire (eds.)

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Date: 31-Jan-2017
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <Sebastian.Nordhofflangsci-press.org>
Subject: Diversity in African languages: Payne, Pacchiarotti, Bosire (eds.)
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Title: Diversity in African languages
Subtitle: Selected papers from the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
Series Title: Contemporary African Linguistics
Published: 2017
Publisher: Language Science Press
                http://langsci-press.org

Book URL: http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/121

Editor: Doris L. Payne
Editor: Sara Pacchiarotti
Editor: Mokaya Bosire
Electronic: ISBN: 9783946234708 Pages: 600 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access
Abstract:

Diversity in African Languages contains a selection of revised papers from the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, held at the University of Oregon. Most chapters focus on single languages, addressing diverse aspects of their phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, information structure, or historical development. These chapters represent nine different genera: Mande, Gur, Kwa, Edoid, Bantu, Nilotic, Gumuzic, Cushitic, and Omotic. Other chapters investigate a mix of languages and families, moving from typological issues to sociolinguistic and inter-ethnic factors that affect language and accent switching. Some chapters are primarily descriptive, while others push forward the theoretical understanding of tone, semantic problems, discourse related structures, and other linguistic systems. The papers on Bantu languages reflect something of the internal richness and continued fascination of the family for linguists, as well as maturation of research on the family. The distribution of other papers highlights the need for intensified research into all the language families of Africa, including basic documentation, in order to comprehend linguistic diversities and convergences across the continent. In this regard, the chapter on Daats’íin (Gumuzic) stands out as the first-ever published article on this hitherto unknown and endangered language found in the Ethiopian-Sudanese border lands.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Typology
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (eng)

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