Reconstructing Proto-Afroasiatic (Proto-Afrasian) Vowels, Tone, Consonants, And Vocabulary

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This work provides the first truly comprehensive and systematic reconstruction of proto-Afroasiatic (proto-Afrasian). It rigorously applies, throughout, the established canon and techniques of the historical-comparative method. It also fully incorporates the most up-to-date evidence from the distinctive African branches of the family, Cushitic, Chadic, and Omotic. Using concrete and specific evidence and argument, the author proposes full vowel and consonant reconstructions and a provisional reckoning of tone. ...
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Overview


This work provides the first truly comprehensive and systematic reconstruction of proto-Afroasiatic (proto-Afrasian). It rigorously applies, throughout, the established canon and techniques of the historical-comparative method. It also fully incorporates the most up-to-date evidence from the distinctive African branches of the family, Cushitic, Chadic, and Omotic. Using concrete and specific evidence and argument, the author proposes full vowel and consonant reconstructions and a provisional reckoning of tone. Each aspect of these reconstructions is substantiated in detail in an extensive etymological vocabulary of more than 1000 roots. The results, while confirming some previous views on proto-Afroasiatic (proto-Afrasian), revise or overturn many others, and add much that is new.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520097995
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: UC Publications in Linguistics Series , #126
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes on Transcription
Notes on Alphabetization
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Preliminary Considerations in Afroasiatic (Afrasian) Reconstruction 7
Ch. 3 Derivational Morphology in Early Afroasiatic (Afrasian) 15
Ch. 4 Vowels and Tone in Afroasiatic (Afrasian) Reconstruction 55
Ch. 5 Proto-Afroasiatic (Proto-Afrasian) Consonant Reconstructions 71
Ch. 6 The Subclassification of Afroasiatic (Afrasian) 483
Appendix 1. Pre-Proto-Semitic Roots (Additional to those presented in Ehret 1989) 493
Appendix 2. Proto-Cushitic Roots (Additional to those presented in Ehret 1987) 519
Appendix 3. Additional Proposed PAA Roots 523
Appendix 4. Summary of Numbered Sound Shift Rules 529
References 533
Index 1. Proto-Afroasiatic (Proto-Afrasian) Consonants 539
Index 2. Reconstructed Root Meanings 543
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