African Languages: An Introduction

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This book is the first general introduction to African languages and linguistics to be published in English. It covers the four major language groupings Niger-Congo, NiloSaharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan, the core areas of modern theoretical linguistics phonology, morphology, syntax, typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and language, history and society. Basic concepts and terminology are explained for undergraduates and nonspecialist readers, but each chapter also provides an overview of the state of the art in its field, and as such will be referred to by more advanced students and general linguists.

Bernd Heine, Derek Nurse, Kay Williamson, Roger Blench, Lionel M. Bender, Richard Hayward, Tom Guldemann, Rainer Vossen, Nick Clements, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, John Watters, Denis Creissels, Paul Newman, Christopher Ehret, Ekkehard Wolff

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"It should be in any academic library that supports curricula in linguistics, African languages, or broader programs of African studies." Choice

"This book provides a thorough introduction to African languages and linguistics, covering typology, structure and sociolinguistics." African Sun Times

"The contributors are outstanding scholars, and they provide excellent and easy-to-read pieces...At present, no other text offers such a broad coverage of the diverse African language families; hence, this volume is an extraordinary resources for students and scholars interested in the study of African languages...This volume is a succesful introduction to African languages and linguistics." Anthropological Linguistics

"The book has a substantial bibliography and extremely useful indexes of authors, language names, and subjects. It should be in any academic library that supports curricula in lingustics, African languages, or broader programs of African studies. It may well be assigned as a textbook, so should certainly be in the regular stacks, but is easy enough to use and covers so much information that it could also serve well in reference collection." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521661782
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
Notes on contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Niger-Congo 11
3 Nilo-Saharan 43
4 Afroasiatic 74
5 Khoisan 99
6 Phonology 123
7 Morphology 161
8 Syntax 194
9 Typology 231
10 Comparative linguistics 259
11 Language and history 272
12 Language and society 298
References 348
Index of authors 374
Index of languages 379
Index of subjects 389
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