Nilo-Saharan Issues and Perspectives

Nilo-Saharan Issues and Perspectives

ISBN 978-3-89645-667-0

Nilo-Saharan Issues and Perspectives

Edited by: Helga Schröder, Prisca Jerono. With contributions by: Samuel Beer, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Joelle Goldberg, Justin M. Goldberg, Anne-Christie Hellenthal, Angelika Mietzner, Moges Yigezu, Jonathan Moodie, Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor, Manuel A. Otero, Maren Rüsch, Helga Schröder, Justine M. Sikuku, Anne Storch, Christine Waag, Joseph M. Wanyonyi. Series edited by: Norbert Cyffer, Osamu Hieda, Angelika Mietzner, Doris L. Payne, Anne Storch.

Series: NISA Nilo-Saharan – Studies in Language and Context Volume 30

241 pp.
2 colour maps, 3 b/w maps, 18 b/w photos, 8 spectrograms, 3 speech waveform examples, 3 musical notations, 12 figures, numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 170 x 240 mm
580 g
€ 69.80

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NILO SAHARAN is a huge Africanistic symposium which works on a comprehen­sive, coherent linguistic phylum (area), which comprises Mali and Niger in West Africa up to Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania in Eastern Africa. The main purpose of the colloquium is to bring scholars of Nilo-Saharan languages together for scholarly exchange and dis­cussion. Many Nilo-Saharan languages have little or no documen­tation. Only through adequate cooperation with colleagues from all over the world can fundamental progress be achieved in this vast research area. The symposium has a long tradition: The first symposium took place in Kisumu, Kenya already in 1986. The University of Nairobi was given the mandate to arrange the 12th symposium which took place in September 2015. Papers dealing with a diachronic or comparative perspective or with phonetic, phono­logical, morphological, syntactic, semantic, discourse and prag­matic issues of Nilo-Saharan languages were presented.



Samuel Beer: Retention and contraction in Nyang’i nominal number marking

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: On stable and unstable features in Nilo-Saharan

Joelle Goldberg: Person marking in Gwama

Justin M. Goldberg: Obstruent neutralization in Gwama

Anne-Christie Hellenthal: Semantics of directional verb morphology in Gwama

Prisca Jerono: Tugen noun classification

Angelika Mietzner / Anne Storch: Everyday rituals – on describing language, and on being indirect in Nilotic

Moges Yigezu: Ngaalam – an endangered Nilo-Saharan language of Southwest Ethiopia. A sociolinguistic survey on language vitality and endangerment

Jonathan Moodie: Lopit verb morphology – an introduction

Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor: An autosegmental analysis of the downstepped high tone in Dholuo

Manuel Otero: Directional verb morphology in Ethiopian Komo

Maren Rüsch: Repetition in Acholi conversation

Helga Schröder: Motion in Toposa

Justine M. Sikuku / Joseph M. Wanyonyi: On the nature of possession in Keiyo

Christine Waag: The grammar of space in Keliko, a Central Sudanic language of South Sudan


Under these links you will find the proceedings volumes of the Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquia in Nice, Hamburg, Khartoum, Cologne and Vienna, publications of the contributors and descriptions of further Nilo-Saharan languages:

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