Fading Delimitations

ISBN 978-3-89645-904-6

Fading Delimitations

Multilingual Settlements in a Convergence Area – Case Studies from Nigeria

Edited by: Anne Storch, Johannes Harnischfeger †, Rudolf Leger. With an introduction by: Johannes Harnischfeger †, Rudolf Leger, Anne Storch. With contributions by: Jörg Adelberger, Jules Jacques Coly, Norbert Cyffer, Johannes Harnischfeger †, Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer, Rudolf Leger, Anne Storch, Georg Ziegelmeyer.

Series: Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 34

14 pp. Roman, 269 pp.
8 maps, 1 colour photo, 1 colour diagram, 3 figures, numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 170 x 240 mm
690 g
€ 69.80

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This book focuses on languages and cultures of one of the world’s linguistically most diverse regions, north-eastern Nigeria, and aims at providing new explanations for this outstanding diversity. It explores languages in a context of pervasive multilingualism, explaining their histories and sociocultural backgrounds as super-diverse and constantly changing ones. This is achieved by developing a model which provides new explanations and insights for the linguistic region treated in this book – the convergence zone between the Gongola and Benue valleys of northeastern Nigeria.



Johannes Harnischfeger / Rudolf Leger / Anne Storch:
Lower rank greets first – getting along in multilingual communities

Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer:
Who are the Waja and where did they come from? A linguistic evaluation of ‘Labarin Waja’, the unpublished history of Waja by Kwoiranga, the 2nd Sarkin Waja (1927–1936)

Norbert Cyffer:
Kanuri as a language of wider communication – expansion and retreat

Georg Ziegelmeyer:
Bade between its eastern and western neighbours – past and present contact scenarios in northern Yobe State

Jules Jacques Coly:
Noun formation strategies in Maaka (Western Chadic, Nigeria)

Anne Storch:
Don’t get me wrong here, but I think I may have seen this – knowledge, concealment and perception in Maaka

Herrmann Jungraithmayr:
The historical position of Tangale within Chadic

Johannes Harnischfeger:
Remodeling themselves – language shift, Islamisation and ethnic conversion among the Maaka

Jörg Adelberger:
Kupto and Kwami – on the relation between language, culture and ethnicity among the Southern Bole-Tangale Group

Rudolf Leger:
Some observations on typological features in languages of the Bole-Tangale group

Author index, Language index, Subject index

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