Description and Internal Reconstructions
Author: Mechthild Reh. Series edited by: M. Lionel Bender †, Franz Rottland †.
Series: Nilo-Saharan Volume 111996
19 pp. Roman, 575 pp.
1 map, 46 tables, appendix: author index, language index, subject index
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
The present work is a detailed phonological, morphological, syntactic, and text-oriented description of Anywa, a western Nilotic language related to Shilluk and spoken in Ethiopia and Sudan along the rivers Sobat, Baro, Gelo, and Akobo by – according to latest estimates – about 200,000 people. The synchronic analysis is supplemented by internal reconstructions revealing the relative time depth and the specific paths of development of various grammatical features.
Typologists will find Anywa particularly interesting, since it belongs to the split-ergative languages, a language type considered for a long time absent in Africa. The book is complemented by an appendix of 55 pages containing Anywa texts with both word-by-word and free translations and by various indices.
By the main author a short dictionary of Anywa was published in the same series, see the following link:
- Advances in Nilo-Saharan Linguistics
- Aktuelle Forschungen zu afrikanischen Sprachen
- From Oral Literature to Video
Torben Andersen in Afrika und Übersee, 82 (1999), pp. 251–253
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