Khoisan Languages and Linguistics – 2nd Symposium 2006

ISBN 978-3-89645-150-7
The the memory of Pastor Eliphas Eiseb (1918–2005)

Khoisan Languages and Linguistics – 2nd Symposium 2006

Proceedings of the 2nd Int. Symposium, January 8–12, 2006, Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal

Edited by: Sonja Ermisch. With contributions by: Matthias Brenzinger, Anderson M. Chebanne, Helen Eaton, Edward D. Elderkin, Mats Exter, Wilfrid H.G. Haacke, Henry J. Honken †, Roland Kießling, Christa König, Patricia Lepekoane, K.C. Monaka, Christfried Naumann, Akira Takada. Series edited by: Rainer Voßen.

Series: QKF Research in Khoisan Studies Volume 22

322 pp.
1 colour map, 4 b/w maps, 1 b/w photo, 7 colour oscillograms, 26 figures, numerous charts and tables
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
580 g
€ 69.80

In January 2006, Bernd Heine (University of Cologne) and Rainer Vossen (Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main) organised the Second International Symposium on Khoisan Languages and Linguistics in Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal, Austria. About thirty international researchers attended the meeting which was dedicated to the late Pastor Eliphas Eiseb (1918–2005), co-author of the renowned Khoekhoegowab Dictionary (published in 2002). 27 papers were presented on various aspects of Khoisan linguistics.

However, the proceedings which are now being published as a result of the symposium do not include all the contributions, but a selection of papers which touch upon problems of Khoisan phonology (Exter), tonology (Elderkin, Haacke, Honken, Naumann), morpho-syntax (Chebanne, Eaton, Kiessling, König), sociolinguistics (Monaka & Lepekoane) and ethnolinguistics (Takada) as well as cognitive linguistics (Brenzinger).


In memoriam – Pastor Eliphas Eiseb (1918–2005)

Matthias Brenzinger: Conceptual strategies of orientation among Khwe – From sunrise/sunset bisections to a left/right opposition

Andrew Chebanne: Person, gender and number markings in Eastern Kalahari Khoe – Existence or traces?

Helen Eaton: Object marking and aspect in Sandawe

Edward D. Elderkin: Proto-Khoe tones in Western Kalahari

Mats Exter: Proposed feature representations for clicks – An overview

Wilfrid H.G. Haacke: Tonogenesis in flagrante – Tonal depression in Khoekhoegowab, Hai||om [Hai//kom], ǂAkhoe [#Akhoe] and Naro

Henry Honken: The split tones in Central Khoesan

Roland Kießling: Noun Classification in !Xoon

Christa König: Topic in !Xun

K.C. Monaka / Patricia Lepekoane: How the !Xóõ [!Xoo] became the Balala – Socio-economic and linguistic factors considered

Christfried Naumann: High and low tone in Taa ǂaan !Xóõ [!Xoo]

Akira Takada: Kinship and naming among the Ekoka !Xun

Under these links you will find the proceedings volumes of the Int. Khoisan Conferences in 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014 and publications by the contributors:

Accompanying material:



The presentation of the articles published in the volume under discussion testifies to an enormous progress in the study of the Khoisan languages and cultures, and points to some lacunae which should be fulfilled in the forthcoming studies.

Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Hemispheres, 24/2009, 165-167

The collection makes a wealth of data available due to the wonderfully detailed descriptions of many of the authors. Also the papers highlight some of the areas in which a lot of work still needs to be done in the field of Khoisan languages.

Gertie Hoymann in Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 31/1, 2010, 120-122

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