A Pedagogic Grammar of Babanki
– a Grassfields Language of Northwest Cameroon
Author: Pius W. Akumbu, Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka. Series edited by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig, Bernd Heine.
Series: Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 422012
16 pp. Roman, 209 pp.
2 maps, 2 graphs, numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
This book contains a description of the grammatical system of Babanki, a Centre Ring Grassfields Bantu language spoken in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The Babanki language is spoken in two villages, namely Kejom Keku (Big Babanki) and Kejom Ketinguh (Babanki Tungo), located 20 km apart. The dialects spoken in these two villages have a few differences in sounds that do not perturb mutual intelligibility, however. Both villages have a heterogeneous population of about 25,000 people (Akumbu, 2008).
The first chapter introduces the work by providing relevant background information on the language and study, followed by the presentation of the sound system in chapter 2. The third chapter focuses on the internal constituency of Babanki nouns by presenting the different noun classes and discussing the concord system triggered by the noun affixes. The following two chapters describe the pronoun system and noun phrases, simple as well as complex ones.
Chapter 6 presents the structure of the verb and then the different verb classes before moving on to discuss verbal reduplication which involves the verb stem. Furthermore the grammatical system of tense, aspect and mood followed by the description of question formation is presented. First affirmative/negative response questions and content questions are discussed before other question types are considered.
Chapter 9 focuses on the formation and use of adverbs closely linked to the formation and use of prepositions. Finally chapter 10 discusses three grammatical classes, namely, coordinators, complementizers, and the copula, and two phenomena – ideophones, and serial verb constructions to complete the study.
In addition to preserving the language and by extension the culture of the people, the main purpose of the description is to facilitate the learning of this essential tool of communication.
The following analyses, dictionaries and text collections of Grassfields Bantu langues are also available in our programme, as well as a complementary Kejom (Babanki) –English Lexicon:
- A Descriptive Grammar of Bafut
- A Descriptive Grammar of Bangwà
- A Grammatical Description of Metta (Cameroon) in Relation to Focus Parametric Variation
- Akum, Ala’atening and Mankon: Dialects or Languages?
- Analyse contrastive des parlers Yémba du département de la Ménoua de l’Ouest-Cameroun
- Grammaire descriptive du pólrì
- Kejom (Babanki) – English Lexicon
- Mungaka (Bali) Dictionary
- Research Mate in African Linguistics – Focus on Cameroon
- Structural and Typological Approaches
to Obang Grammar
- Traditions, Tales and Proverbs of the Bali-Nyonga
- Verbal Serialisation in Isu (West Ring)
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