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On the Offensive

By Karen Stollznow

On the Offensive " This book sheds light on the derogatory phrases, insults, slurs, stereotypes, tropes and more that make up linguistic discrimination. Each chapter addresses a different area of prejudice: race and ethnicity; gender identity; sexuality; religion; health and disability; physical appearance; and age."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Phonology and Morphosyntax of Kol Add Dissertation
Author: Bonnie Henson Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2007
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation;
Subject Language(s): Kol
Director(s): Larry Hyman
Johanna Nichols
Sharon Inkelas
Lynn Nichols

Abstract: The Maka-Njem [A.80] languages of Cameroon are still very understudied
compared to the better known Bantu languages. Many variants are endangered
by virtue of their contact with both French, the language of education and
government, and more prestigious neighboring languages. In this study, I
describe one such language, Kol [A.832], focusing on its phonology,
morphology and basic syntax. In addition, Kol is compared to neighboring
(and closely related languages) and the historical development of Kol is
explored by examining sound correspondences with reconstructed Proto-Bantu
words and grammatical structures. In the course of the description, it is
shown that Kol has important consequences not only for our understanding of
Bantu descriptive and historical linguistics but also for certain
grammatical issues in general linguistic theory. An appendix includes texts
and a Kol-English lexicon.