LINGUIST List 30.3828

Thu Oct 10 2019

Books: The Linguistic Link between (Western) baMbenga and (Eastern) baMbuti Pygmies: Kilian-Hatz

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Date: 07-Oct-2019
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Subject: The Linguistic Link between (Western) baMbenga and (Eastern) baMbuti Pygmies: Kilian-Hatz
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Title: The Linguistic Link between (Western) baMbenga and (Eastern)
baMbuti Pygmies
Series Title: Studia Instituti Anthropos
Published: 2019
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

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Author: Christa Kilian-Hatz
Online resource: ISBN: 9783896657930 Pages: 458 Price: ----
Paperback: ISBN: 9783896657923 Pages: 458 Price: Europe EURO 94

The term 'pygmies' long time summarized simply all dwarfish populations of foragers scattered all over the equatorial rainforest of Africa. Missionaries and early ethnologists were fascinated by them because they assumed that the pygmy groups had a common origin and were perhaps direct, almost pure descendants of a very early Stone Age culture. The currently about 20 pygmy forager populations seem to be closely related molecular genetically. However, the pygmy populations speak different languages. An early explanation for this fact assumes that the pygmies are the autochthonous population of the equatorial rain forest and as such spoke once their uniform indigenous 'pygmy' language, a kind of common pygmy proto-language. The present study provides for the first time missing linguistic data of three baMbuti languages: Efe, Atsoa and iButi. The oral literature shows interesting, unexpected parallels suggesting a substratum of a common proto-language.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Efe (efe)
                            Yaka (axk)
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (eng)

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