Proceedings of the 2nd WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics, Leipzig 1997

Proceedings of the 2nd WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics, Leipzig 1997

ISBN 978-3-89645-124-8

Proceedings of the 2nd WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics, Leipzig 1997

Edited by: H. Ekkehard Wolff, Orin D. Gensler. With contributions by: Mohamed H. Abdulaziz, Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Mahaman Bachir Attouman, Yiwola Awoyale, Ayo Bamgbose, Steve Barrett, Roger M. Blench, Jasmina Bonato, Sonja E. Bosch, Malami Buba, Malami Buba, Eugene H. Casad, France Cloarec-Heiss, Bruce Connell, Denis Creissels, Djita Issa Djarangar, Nikolai Dobronravin, Michael J.C. Echeruo, Francis O. Egbokhare, Okon Essien, Rachélle Gauton, Peter Gottschligg, Edgar E. Gregersen, Gerald Heusing, John P. Hutchison, Peter Kalchofner, Roland Kießling, Adrian Koopman, Andrew Tilimbe Kulemeka, Catherine Labroussi, Roger Mickala-Manfoumbi, Kamal Naït-Zerrad, Paul Newman, Robert Nicolaï, Steve Nicolle, Philip A. Noss, Knut J. Olawsky, Kenneth S. Olson, B. Akíntúndé Oyètádé, Paulette Roulon-Doko, Ronald P. Schaefer, Brian E. Schrag, Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle, Henry Tourneux, Eno-Abasi E. Urua, Sr. Uwalaka, Lolke J. van der Veen, Martine Vanhove, John R. Watters, Kay Williamson †.

Series: WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics Volume 2

10 pp. Roman, 791 pp.
8 maps, 59 illustrations, 7 diagrams, numerous tables
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 160 x 240 mm
1480 g
€ 98.00

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Editors’ Note


Mohamed H. Abdulaziz: Some Issues of Concern in the Linguistics of African Languages

Ayo Bamgbose: African Language Use and Development – Aspirations and Reality

Paul Newman: Writing a Reference Grammar of an African Language – Conceptual and Methodological Issues

Kay Williamson: Towards Reconstructing Proto-Niger-Congo


Steve Barrett / Eugene H. Casad: What they say and what they do

Nikolai Dobronravin: Hausa, Songhay and Mande Languages in Nigeria – Multilingualism in Kebbi and Sokoto

Okon Essien: What is in a Name? A Linguistic and Cultural Explication of Ibibio Personal Names

Philip A. Noss: “Language of the Streets” and Editorial Commentary in Cameroon

Lolke Van der Veen: Étude de la dénomination des troubles pathologiques en Afrique centrale bantoue


Roger Blench: Revising Plateau – Recent Research on the Languages of Central Nigeria

France Cloarec-Heiss: Mesures dialectales en 3 dimensions – application à une aire dialectale hétérogène, l’aire banda

Bruce Connell: The Integrity of Mambiloid

Djita Issa Djarangar: Essai de classification des langues sara

Edgar E. Gregersen: Some Thoughts on Afro-Dravidian

B. Akíntúndé Oyètádé/ Malami Buba: Hausa Loan Words in Yorùbá

Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle: Situation linguistique dans le sud de l’Erythrée


Akinbiyi Akinlabi / Eno Urua: Tone in Ibibio Verbal Reduplication

Yiwola Awoyale: The Phonological Structure of Yoruba Ideophones

Denis Creissels: A Domain-Based Approach to Setswana Tone

Catherine Labroussi: Spirant-Devoicing and Genetic Classification in Eastern Bantu

Robert Nicolaï: Voyelles nasales ou consonnes aspirées nasales en songhay (approche de la marginalité)

Knut J. Olawsky: Tone Patterns and Morphology in Dagbani – The Prosodic Structure of Nouns

Kenneth S. Olson / Brian E. Schrag: An Overview of Mono Phonology

John R. Watters: Tone in Western Ejagham (Etung) – The Case of Lexical and Postlexical Tone on Nouns


Mahaman Bachir Attouman: L’opposition occurrence ouverte / occurrence fermée à travers le système aspectuel du hawsa

Jasmina Bonato: Surprise! Surprise! How the Future Tense is Used to Mark Dramatisation in Twi (Akan) Narrative Discourse

Sonja E. Bosch: On the Conceptualization of Possession in Zulu

Malami Buba: On the Deictic Features of Speaker-Based Hausa Demonstratives

Michael J.C. Echeruo: The Igbo Verb and the Lexicon

Rachélle Gauton: Locative Noun Classes in Bantu – The Case for Recognizing Two Additional Locative Noun Class Prefixes

Peter Gottschligg: Subject Choice of Applicative Verbs in North-Atlantic

Gerald Heusing: Defective Double Object Constructions in Lamang (Central Chadic)

John P. Hutchison: Predicate Focusing Constructions in African and Diaspora Languages

Peter Kalchofner: Stative Verbs in Twi (Akan)

Roland Kießling: Verb Classes in Nilotic – Evidence from Datooga (Southern Nilotic)

Adrian Koopmann: Morphological Interference in Bantu Adoptives

Andrew Tilimbe Kulemeka: The Ideophone Predicate – A Case of Verbless Sentences in Chichewa

Roger Mickala-Manfoumbi: Les nom complexes en punu (B43)

Kamal Naït-Zerrad: Auxiliaires temporels en berbère

Steve Nicolle: The Swahili Object Marker – Syntax, Semantics and Mythology

B. Akíntúndé Oyètádé: The Verb ‘go’ in Àkókó Yorùbá

Paulette Roulon-Doko: La polysémie du terme nὲ en gbaya ’bodoe

Ronald P. Schaefer / Francis Ekbokhare: Emai Preverb Order

Henry Tourneux: La formation du pluriel en kotoko

Sr. Uwalaka: Parasitic Gaps Revisited

Martine Vanhove: Notes sur les verbes statifs en afar de Tadjoura (Djibouti)

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