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Title: Aspects of Dagbani Grammar
Subtitle: With special emphasis on phonology and morphology
Written By: Knut J. Olawsky
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 41

This study constitutes a synchronic description of Dagbani, as spoken in
the Northern Region of Ghana. The work gives an overview of a little-known
Gur language in which various aspects of lexicon, syntax, morphology, and
phonology are characterised. Special emphasis is put on the description of
phonology and morphology. One section discusses the number inflection of
nominals, supported by psycholinguistic evidence drawn from experiments
with Dagbani speakers. This presumably reflects one of the first trials to
explore the morphological structure of an African language by means of

The largest part of the work is dedicated to the phonology of Dagbani. The
sections on tone re of particular interest, as they represent one of the
few attempts to characterise the tonology of a Gur language. Dagbani
displays a number of interesting phenomena of tonal interaction of various
kinds which are ilustrated by numerous examples. The data are the result of
various fieldtrips by the author. Where possible, frequency distributions
and other statistical information are given in order to illustrate how
representative a phenomenon is.

The systematic description of Dagbani grammar is a task which has not been
undertaken so far. Though far from being complete, this description of
Dagbani is the most comprehensive linguistic work on the language.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): Dagbani
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895866385
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 230
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