Khoisan Languages and Linguistics – 1st Symposium 2003

ISBN 978-3-89645-864-3
To the memory of Jan Winston Snyman

Khoisan Languages and Linguistics – 1st Symposium 2003

Proceedings of the 1st Int. Symposium, January 4–8, 2003, Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal

Edited by: Matthias Brenzinger, Christa König. With contributions by: Herman M. Batibo, Matthias Brenzinger, Anderson M. Chebanne, Edward D. Elderkin, Rosalie Finlayson, Tom Güldemann, Wilfrid H.G. Haacke, Henry J. Honken †, Roland Kießling, Christa Kilian-Hatz, Christa König, J.A. Louw, Amanda Miller, Hitomi Ono, Bonny Sands, Hessel Visser. Series edited by: Rainer Voßen.

Series: QKF Research in Khoisan Studies Volume 24

362 pp.
1 colour map, 8 b/w maps, 1 colour photo, 10 oscillograms, 4 diagrams, 46 tables
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
620 g
€ 69.80

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The First International Symposium on Khoisan Languages and Linguistics in Riezlern/Klein­walsertal, Germany was organized by Bernd Heine (University of Cologne) and Rainer Vossen (Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main) in January 2003. This symposium turned out to be the first of a – in the meantime – well established series of regular academic meetings on Khoisan linguistics. Worldwide leading scholars attend these meetings on invitation.

“The genealogical affiliation of the non-Bantu and non-Cushitic click languages of Africa is still under debate, in particular whether they all form a coherent linguistic lineage referred to as ‘Khoisan’. The Khoe family [...] plays an important role in this respect, for several reasons. In gen­eral, it has a special place in the history of African linguistic classification, because its Khoekhoe branch, formerly known as ‘Hottentot’, was intricately associated with Meinhof’s ‘Hamitic theory’ and was decisive in showing its ultimate untenability. Khoe is important within Khoisan, too, because it is the largest linguistic unit of a clearly genealogical nature and com­prises the majority of attested languages subsumed under Khoisan. One consequence of this is that attempts towards Khoisan-internal classification beyond the level of obvious families have to focus on the properties of Proto-Khoe, which may reach back in time ca. 2000 years.” (Güldemann / Elderkin in this volume).

The articles of the volume deal with aspects of three different linguistic fields, i.e. language description (Miller, Kilian-Hatz, König, Visser, Kiessling, Ono), genetic classification (Güldemann / Elderkin, Sands) and sociolinguistics (Batibo, Chebanne and Brenzinger).


J.A. Louw / Rosalie Finlayson: A tribute to Jan W. Snyman (8th July, 1941 – 23rd June, 2002)

Tom Güldemann / Edward D. Elderkin: On external genealogical relationships of the Khoe family

Amanda Miller: A prosodic account of Ju|’hoansi consonant distributional asymmetries

Bonny Sands: Juu subgroups based on phonological patterns

Christa Kilian-Hatz: Serial verb constructions vs. converbs in Khwe

Christa König: Serial verb constructions in !Xun

Hessel Visser: Verbal compounds in Naro

Wilfrid Haacke: Naro Syntax from the perspective of the desentential hypothesis – The minimal sentence

Roland Kiessling: Sandawe verbal plurality

Hitomi Ono: |Gui kinship verbs? Verbs and nouns in |Gui and linguistic differences found among its kinship terms

Herman M. Batibo: Taking the best of both worlds – Integration and identity among the Khoesan speakers of Botswana

Andy Chebanne: Convergence, identity shifting and language loss in Eastern Khoe

Matthias Brenzinger: The exodus of Khoisan speech communities from Angola

Henry Honken: A Khoekhoegowap dictionary


The proceedings volumes of previous Int. Khoisan Conferences as well as of the ones held in Riezlern in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014 have been published in the same series, see the following links:

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