LINGUIST List 9.1295

Fri Sep 18 1998

Books: Bantu Languages

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  1. Maureen Burke, new book: Bantu Language

Message 1: new book: Bantu Language

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 11:57:10 -0700
From: Maureen Burke <>
Subject: new book: Bantu Language

Bantu Language

Hyman, Larry M. (University of California, Berkeley) and Kisseberth,
1-57586-094-5 (paper), 1-57586-095-3 (cloth); CSLI Publications 1998:


	This book brings together a collection of papers focusing on the
tonal systems of the Bantu languages of sub-Saharan Africa. These papers
are alike in their attempt to fuse the description of Bantu tone with
linguistic theory, but at the same time reflect a range of such theoretical
perspectives (autosegmental phonology, lexical phonology, Optimality
Theory, Optimal Domains Theory). Much new descriptive material is to be
found in this collection, as well as attempts to bring Bantu tonology to
bear on critical issues of phonological theory. This collection of papers
stands as a testimony to the benefits to be gained from the marriage of
theory and description.
	This book provides new theoretical insights and analyses of the
complexities known to characterize Bantu tone systems. Three of the
articles indicate not only how one can apply the concepts of rapidly
developing Optimality Theory, but also how the latter can be shaped by the
unique features found in these languages. While two of the contributions
use standard OT, the third by Cassimjee and Kisseberth provides a detailed
introduction of Optimal Domains Theory (ODT) and its application to a
number of Bantu tone systems. These and other articles provide new insights
into the treatment of long-distance tonal effects, tonal domains, depressor
consonants, and other issues known through the autosegmental and metrical
literature on tone. The collection features contributors from both sides of
the Atlantic and contributions that have both synchronic and diachronic
significance for the field.

CSLI Publications
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