LINGUIST List 31.2217

Wed Jul 08 2020

Books: A Grammar of Makary Kotoko: Allison

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Date: 02-Jul-2020
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Subject: A Grammar of Makary Kotoko: Allison
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Title: A Grammar of Makary Kotoko
Series Title: Grammars and Sketches of the World's Languages
Published: 2020
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Sean Allison
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004422677 Pages: 502 Price: Europe EURO 149
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004422513 Pages: 502 Price: Europe EURO 149

In A Grammar of Makary Kotoko, Sean Allison provides a thorough description and analysis of Makary Kotoko - a Central Chadic language of Cameroon, framing the discussion within R.M.W. Dixon’s (2010a, 2010b, 2012) Basic Linguistic Theory. Working with an extensive corpus of recorded texts supplemented by interactions with native speakers of the language, the author provides the first full grammar of a Kotoko language. The detailed analysis of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse features of Makary Kotoko is from a functional/typological perspective. Being based on a large number of oral texts, the analysis provides an example-rich description showing the range of variation of the constructions presented while giving insights into Kotoko culture.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Mpade (mpi)
Language Family(ies): Kotoko Group
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (eng)

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