A Grammatical Outline of Gùrdùn / Gùrùntùm (Southern Bauchi, Nigeria)
Author: Andrew Haruna. Series edited by: Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Norbert Cyffer, Rainer Voßen.
Series: Westafrikanische Studien Volume 252003
14 pp. Roman, 144 pp.
1 map, numerous tables
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
Gùrdùn / Gùrùntùm is a western Chadic language and belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language phylum, further consisting of the Semitic, Omotic and old Egyptian languages. It is spoken in the southern Bauchi area of North-Nigeria. Although Gùrdùn / Gùrùntùm belongs to the endangered languages, so far no research has been published on this scarcely known minority language.
With the present volume, the linguist and semi-speaker of Gùrdùn Andrew Haruna tries to fill this gap in the study of the Chadic languages. His book is a data-based systematic language description focusing on the verbal and nominal systems.
The data is clearly arranged and has the benefit of longer durability as source material in contrast to more theoretically oriented publications. This grammar is a detailed contribution to the knowlege about the special linguistic situation in the southern Bauchi area and the study of the Chadic languages in general.
Bernard Caron in Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 28/1, 2007, pp. 79-82
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