African Linguistics at the Crossroads

ISBN 978-3-89645-120-0

African Linguistics at the Crossroads

Papers from Kwaluseni, 1st WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics, Swaziland 18–22. VII. 1994

Edited by: Robert K. Herbert †. With contributions by: Mayrene Bentley, Elena Bertoncini-Zúbková, Jan Blommaert, Adams Bodomo, Henny Broekman, J. Keith Chick, Ulrike Claudi, Ellen Contini-Morava, Greville Corbett, Ian Davies, Ben Elugbe, Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Edgar E. Gregersen, Tom Güldemann, Bernd Heine, Georges Hérault, Robert K. Herbert †, Arvi Hurskainen, Andrew Tilimbe Kulemeka, Antoine Lipou, Armando Jorge Lopes, Kahombo Mateene, Alfred J.I. Matiki, Renato Matusse, Sam A. Mchombo, M. Lynne Murphy, Margaret Akinyi Obondo, Dave Odden, J.A. du Plessis, Zofia Podobínska, Josephat M. Rugemalira, Ronald P. Schaefer, Irina N. Toporova, Anthony Traill †, Andrew Van der Spuy, Marianna Visser, Livingstone Walusimbi.

Series: World Congress of African Linguistics Volume 1

1997
14 pp. Roman, 645 pp.
numerous tables and graphs
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 160 x 240 mm
1280 g
Hardcover
€ 48.00

CONTENTS

I. HISTORICAL, COMPARATIVE & TYPOLOGICAL

Bernd Heine:
Grammaticalization Theory and Its Relevance for African Linguistics

Zygmunt Frajzyngier:
Bidirectionality of Grammaticalization

Antoine Lipou:
Mixed Languages and Bantu Historical Linguistics

Irina N. Toporova:
Typology and the Bantu Noun Classes

Ulrike Claudi:
Some Thoughts on the Origin of Gender Marking

Tom Güldemann:
Prosodic Subordination as a Strategy for Complex Sentence Construction

 

II. PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY

Anthony Traill:
Linguistic Phonetic Features for Clicks

David Odden:
Domains and Levels of Representation in Tone

Georges Hérault:
Syllabic Genesis and Luganda Phonology

 

III. SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS

Sam A. Mchombo:
Contributions of African Languages to Generative Grammar

Josephat M. Rugemalira:
The Upper Limit Constraint on Argument Structures

M. Lynne Murphy:
Agreement as Non-Directional – An Approach to Bantu Concord

Mayrene Bentley:
Variation in Bantu Verbal Agreement

Henny Broekman:
African Languages and Syntactic Generation

Marianna Visser:
The Thematic Structure of Event Nominals in Xhosa

Andrew van der Spuy:
Syntactic Traces in Zulu

Ronald P. Schaefer:
Talmy’s Schematic Core and Verb Serialization in Emai – An Initial Sketch

J.A. du Plessis:
The Semantics of Ergative Constructions in Zulu and Xhosa

Andrew Tilimbe Kulemeka:
The Grammatical Category of Chichewa Ideophones

 

IV. INTERACTIONAL SOCIOLINGUISTICS

Margaret Akinyi Obondo:
On Ways of Retelling – The Narrative Syntax of Urban Luo Children

Robert K. Herbert:
The Meaning of Language Choices in South Africa

J. Keith Chick:
‘One Settler, One Bullet’ and other Provocations

Zofia Podobínska:
La politesse – les comportements linguistiques adoptés par des locuteurs de swahili au cours des actes de « Mande »

 

V. LANGUAGE POLICY AND PLANNING

Ben Ohi Elugbe:
Literacy and Language Development in Nigeria

Adams B. Bodomo:
Linguistics, Education and Politics – An Interplay on Ghanaian Languages

Armando Jorge Lopes:
Language Policy in Mozambique – A Taboo?

Jan Blommaert:
Ideology and Language in Tanzania – A Brief Survey

Kahombo Mateene:
Le « Plan d’Action Linguistique pour l’Afrique »

Alfred J.I. Matiki:
The Politics of Language in Malawi

Renato Matusse:
The Future of Portuguese in Mozambique

Livingstone Walusimbi:
The Future of Minority Languages in Uganda

 

VI. LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL STUDIES

Elena Bertoncini-Zúbková:
Swahili Verbs in Modern Fiction

Edgar A. Gregersen:
The Pragmatics of Verbal Abuse in African Languages

Ian Davies / Greville Corbett:
Colour Categories in African Languages

Ellen Contini-Morava:
Noun Classification in Swahili

Arvi Hurskainen:
A Language Sensitive Approach to Information Management and Retrieval


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