Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages I + II

Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages I + II

Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages I + II

ISBN 978-3-89645-619-9

Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages I + II

Vol. I Southwestern Gur Languages (without Gurunsi) / Vol. II North Central Gur Languages

Edited by: Gudrun Miehe, Brigitte Reineke, Kerstin Winkelmann. With contributions by: Mimboabe Bakpa, Klaus Beyer, Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn, Stefan Elders †, Ines Fiedler, Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer, Gudrun Miehe, Brigitte Reineke, Manfred von Roncador, Anne Schwarz, Florian Tham, Kerstin Winkelmann.

Series: Gur Monographs · Monographies Voltaïques Volume 9 + 11

16 pp. Roman, 1344 pp.
2 volumes (617 pp. + 727 pp.), numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
2500 g
€ 129.80

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These books are part of a two-volume publication on noun class systems in Gur languages. The first volume contains descriptions of the southwestern Gur languages. As far as their classificatory status is concerned, these are the South Central Gur languages without Gurunsi and most of the other languages classified as probable or improbable Gur by Anthony Naden (1989). In order to facilitate comparison of the data, all contributions follow the same order. Each article starts with some geographic and demographic information, and remarks on the state of linguistic research on the language.

The contributors agreed on a minimal word list which appeared as constitutive or as indicative for certain noun classes and their possible evolution. The articles in each classificatory group are followed by summary Comparative Notes. The bibliography at the end of the volume contains all the titles mentioned in the contribution.


Volume I Southwestern Gur Languages (without Gurunsi)

Gudrun Miehe / Kerstin Winkelmann: Introduction

Gudrun Miehe / Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer / Manfred von Roncador / Kerstin Winkelmann: Overview on noun classes in Gur

PART II Description of individual languages and comparative notes

Gudrun Miehe: A1. Cerma (Gouin)
Gudrun Miehe: A2. Curama (Turka)
Gudrun Miehe: A3. Cerma-Curama: Comparative notes
Gudrun Miehe: B1. Kaasa
Kerstin Winkelmann: B2. Dogose
Gudrun Miehe: B3. Khisa (Komono)
Gudrun Miehe: B4. Gbatogso (Kpatogoso, Padorho)
Gudrun Miehe: B5. Kaansa-Dogose: Comparative notes
Kerstin Winkelmann: C1. Khe
Kerstin Winkelmann: C2. Dogosu
Kerstin Winkelmann: C3. Khe-Dogosu: Comparative notes
Gudrun Miehe / Florian Tham: D1. Lobiri
Gudrun Miehe: D2. Jaane (Dyan)
Gudrun Miehe: D3. Lobiri-Jaane: Comparative notes
Kerstin Winkelmann: E. Baatonum
Stefan Elders: F. Kulango
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: G1. Minyanka
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: G2. Supyire
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: G3. Secete (Tagba)
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: G4. Kar
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: G5. Tenyer
Gudrun Miehe: G6. Tyebari (Cebari, Nyenere)
Gudrun Miehe: G7. Palaka (Pilara)
Gudrun Miehe: G8. Fodonon
Gudrun Miehe: G9. Tagbana (Tagwana)
Gudrun Miehe: G10. Nafaanra (Pantera)
Gudrun Miehe: G11. Senufo languages: Comparative notes
Kerstin Winkelmann: H. Cefo
Kerstin Winkelmann: I. Viemo
Kerstin Winkelmann: K1. Samwe (Wara)
Kerstin Winkelmann: K2. Samu (Natioro)
Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer: K3. Palen
Kerstin Winkelmann: K4. Samu group: Comparative notes
Kerstin Winkelmann: L. Win (South Tusian)


Volume II North Central Gur Languages

This book is the second volume of a three-volume publication on noun class systems in Gur lan­guages, noun classes being one of the most characteristic features of Niger-Congo languages. The first volume appeared in 2007 and described the southwestern Gur languages (without Gurunsi). The present second volume of is devoted to languages of the North Central Gur group. It includes descriptions of Bwamu and Koromfe, and of most Oti-Volta languages of all sub-groups, i.e. Buli-Konni, Oti-Volta West, Oti-Volta East or Atakora, Gurma and Yom-Nawdm. Articles on the noun class system of Pana and Samoma, two Gurunsi languages, and of Syer, a Senufo language, are also appended. A first version of the Syer noun class system was published in the first volume under the language name Tenyer, which is a variety of Syer.

Depending on the research situation in each case, existing knowledge, and other factors, the art­icles give more or less comprehensive descriptions of the noun class systems of the languages under consideration. While most of them go into details, some present only the most characteris­tic features of the noun classes of the language concerned. However, all contribute significantly to the general survey of the noun class systems of Gur and may serve as sources for further historical comparative work. As was the case in the first volume, the descriptions are essentially based on data collected by the authors during periods of field research. In some cases, Gur language data published by other authors has been presented and reconsidered, especially from the comparative point of view.

The structure of the articles corresponds to that found in the first volume. This procedure guaran­tees the comparability of the data. In the Historical remarks given at the end of each article de­scribing the noun class system of a particular language, and in the Comparative notes included after each classificatory group, the historical and comparative point of view assumes a central position.



Volume II

Preface / Introduction / Contributors / Abbreviations

Gudrun Miehe / Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer / Manfred von Roncador / Kerstin Winkelmann: Overview of noun classes in Gur (II) (revised and enlarged version)

PART II North Central Gur languages

Anne Schwarz: A1. Buli
Anne Schwarz: A2. Konni
Anne Schwarz: A3. Buli-Konni: Comparative notes
Brigitte Reineke: B1. Byali
Brigitte Reineke: B2. Ditammari
Brigitte Reineke: B3. Mbelime
Brigitte Reineke / Brigitte Nédellec: B4. Naténi
Brigitte Reineke: B5. Waama
Brigitte Reineke: B6. Atakora: Comparative notes
Gudrun Miehe: C1. Dagara Cluster
Gudrun Miehe: C2. Farifari (Gurene)
Kerstin Winkelmann: C3. Moore
Manfred von Roncador: C4. Nnotre
Manfred von Roncador: C5. Safalba
Gudrun Miehe: C6. Dagbani
Gudrun Miehe: C7. Mampruli
Gudrun Miehe: C8. Oti-Volta West: Comparative notes
Kerstin Winkelmann: D1. Akasele
Mimboabe Bakpa / Manfred von Roncador: D2. Gangam
Kerstin Winkelmann / Manfred von Roncador: D3. Gulmancema
Kerstin Winkelmann: D4. Konkomba (Likpakpaln)
Mimboabe Bakpa / Manfred von Roncador: D5. Moba
Kerstin Winkelmann: D6. Ncam
Kerstin Winkelmann: D7. Gurma: Comparative notes
Ines Fiedler: E1. Yom
Ines Fiedler: E2. Nawdm
Ines Fiedler: E3. Yom-Nawdm: Comparative notes
Klaus Beyer: F1. Bwamu
Klaus Beyer: G1. Koromfe

PART III Addenda

Klaus Beyer: H1. Pana
Klaus Beyer: H2. Samoma
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: J1. Syer

PART IV Bibliography

Classification of Gur languages

Both volumes are separately available. Furthermore, a paper collection that focuses on the diversity of noun class systems was published:

Accompanying material:


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