Problems of Linguistic-Historical Reconstruction in Africa

ISBN 978-3-89645-094-4

Problems of Linguistic-Historical Reconstruction in Africa

Edited by: Dymitr Ibriszimow. With contributions by: Pascal Boyeldieu, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Axel Fleisch, Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Tom Güldemann, Pierre Nougayrol, Victor Porkhomovsky, Konstantin Pozdniakov, Rainer Voßen.

Series: SUGIA Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika, Volume 19

2008
226 pp.
10 maps, 14 graphs, 15 tables and numerous charts
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 170 x 240 mm
430 g
Paperback
€ 34.80

Though geographically bound by their respective languages under discussion, the contributions to this publication still bear high relevance to African historical linguistics in general. Language reconstruction and comparative studies benefit from phonological, lexical, morphological, syntactical and semantical case studies. Further topics of the text include discussions on methods and theories of African historical-comparative linguistics.

CONTENTS

Preface

Pascal Boyeldieu / Pierre Nougayrol:
Les langues soudaniques centrales – essai d’évaluation

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal:
Reconstructing the Historical Development of Nilotic – A Testcase for Cladistic and Rhizotic Models of Genetic Affinity

Axel Fleisch:
The Reconstruction of Lexical Semantics in Bantu

Zygmunt Frajzyngier:
The Historical Connection between the Movement away Marker and the Associative Preposition

Tom Güldemann:
Greenberg’s “Case” for Khoisan – The Morphological Evidence

Victor Porkhomovsky:
Hamito-Semitic Aspect System – The Case of Semitic and Berber

Konstantin Pozdniakov:
Niveaux linguistiques et problèmes de reconstruction dans les langues atlantiques

Rainer Vossen:
How to Comprehend the Obvious? Linguistic Variation and Dialect Geography – The African Experience

Addresses of contributors

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