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Wed Sep 23 2020

Books: A Grammar of Lopit: Moodie, Billington

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Date: 21-Sep-2020
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Subject: A Grammar of Lopit: Moodie, Billington
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Title: A Grammar of Lopit
Subtitle: An Eastern Nilotic Language of South Sudan
Series Title: Grammars and Sketches of the World's Languages
Published: 2020
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Jonathan Moodie
Author: Rosey Billington
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004430679 Pages: 485 Price: U.S. $ 198
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004430662 Pages: 485 Price: U.S. $ 198

In A Grammar of Lopit, Jonathan Moodie and Rosey Billington provide the first detailed description of Lopit, an Eastern Nilotic language traditionally spoken in the Lopit Mountains in South Sudan. Drawing on extensive primary data, the authors describe the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Lopit language. Their analyses offer new insights into phenomena characteristic of Nilo-Saharan languages, such as ‘Advanced Tongue Root’ vowel distinctions, tripartitite number marking, and marked-nominative case systems, and they uncover patterns which are previously unattested within the Eastern Nilotic family, such as a three-way contrast in aspect, number marking with the ‘greater singular’, and two kinds of inclusory constructions. This book offers a significant contribution to the descriptive and typological literature on African languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Lopit (lpx)

Written In: English (eng)

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