Proceedings of the 4th WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics, New Brunswick 2003

ISBN 978-3-89645-338-9

Proceedings of the 4th WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics, New Brunswick 2003

Edited by: Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Oluseye Adesola. With contributions by: Tunde Adegbola, Oluseye Adesola, T.O. Agoyi, Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Rose O. Aziza, Tayo Bankale, Bertrade B. Ngo-Ngijol Banoum, Herman M. Batibo, Christa Beaudoin-Lietz, Koen Bostoen, Michael Cahill, Bruce Connell, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, Yoshihito Dobashi, Laura J. Downing, Francis O. Egbokhare, Stefan Elders †, Ben Elugbe, Paul D. Fallon, Aurélia Ferrari, Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Rachélle Gauton, Larry Hyman, Helene Fatima Idris, Alexander Iwara, Jason Kandybowicz, Roland Kießling, Michael R. Marlo, Linkie Mohlala, Muhammed M. Munkaila, H.R.T. Muzale, Wanjiku Nganga, Derek Nurse, Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, Francis O. Oyebade, Solomon Oluwole Oyetade, Sharon Rose, Philip W. Rudd, Josephat M. Rugemalira, Ken Safir, Ronald P. Schaefer, Helga Schröder, Anne Storch, Margarida Maria Taddoni Petter, Henry Tourneux, Eno-Abasi E. Urua, Weldu Michael Weldyesus, Kay Williamson †, H. Ekkehard Wolff, Zelealem Leyew.

Series: WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics Volume 4

10 pp. Roman, 575 pp.
3 maps, 3 b/w photos, numerous tables and charts, appendix
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
1200 g
€ 98.00

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Ben Elugbe / Tayo Bankale: Cognation Percentages in Benue-Congo – Implications for Internal Classification

Larry Hyman: Why Describe African Languages?

H. Ekkehard Wolff: Segments and Prosodies in Chadic – On Descriptive and Explanatory Adequacy, Historical Reconstructions, and the Status of Lamang-Hdi


Oluseye Adesola: Coda Deletion in the Yoruba Loan Phonology

Akinbiyi Akinlabi / Alexander Iwara: Transparency and Opacity in Lokaa Vowel Harmony

Michael Cahill: Marked Tones and Texture – The Necessity of High Tones in Konni

Bruce Connell: Pitch Realization of Questions and Statements in Mambila

Yoshihito Dobashi: Phonological Phrasing in Sandawe

Laura J. Downing: Constraint and Complexity in Subsegmental Representations

Alexander Iwara: The Grammatical Function of Tone on Lokaa


Rose O. Aziza: Negation in Southwestern Edoid – The Case of Urhobo

Christa Beaudoin-Lietz / Derek Nurse / Sarah Rose: Pronominal Object Marking in Bantu

Stefan Elders: Distributed Predicative Syntax in Doyayo (Adamawa) – Constituent Order Alternations and Cliticization

Zygmunt Frajzyngier / Mohammed Munkaila: Point of View of the Subject as a Grammatical Category

Jason Kandybowicz: Predicate Clefts, Derivations, and Universal Grammar

Roland Kiessling: “The giraffes burst throw emerge climb pass through the roof of the hut.” Verbal Serialisation in the West Ring Languages (Isu, Weh, Aghem)

Zelealem Leyew: The Cardinal Numerals of Nilo-Saharan Languages

Michael R. Marlo: Prefixal Reduplication in Lusaamia – Evidence from Morphology

Philip W. Rudd: “Haya, Basi” – “Okay so” Markers of Management and Interaction in Swahili Conversation

Josephat M. Rugemalira: Locative Arguments in Bantu

Ken Safir: On Person as a Model for Logophoricity

Ronald P. Schaefer / Francis O. Egbokhare: Emai Contact Constructions – Beyond Verbs in Series

Helga Schröder: The Relevance of Verbal Morphology in Toposa Discourse

Anne Storch: Traces of a Secret Language – Circumfixes in Hone (Jukun) Plurals

Weldu Michael Weldyesus: Locative Predication in Tigrinya


Tunde Adegbola: Probabilistically Speaking – A Quantitative Exploration of Yorùbá Speech Surrogacy

Rachélle Gauton / Gilles-Maurice de Schryver / Linkie Mohlala: A Corpus-based Investigation of the Zulu Nominal Suffix -kazi – A Preliminary Study

Wanjiku Nganga: Automatic Word Sense Disambiguation – Kiswahili Nouns


Koen Bostoen: The Vocabulary of Pottery Fashioning Techniques in Great Lakes Bantu – A Comparative Onomasiological Study

Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche: Reconstruction of Initial Velar and Labial-Velar Consonants at the Pre-Lower Cross-Igboid-Yoruboid-Edoid Stage of Benue-Congo

Henry Tourneux: Évolution morphologique et syntaxique du parler des jeunes Kotoko de Goulfe (Cameroun)

Kay Williamson: Implosives in Mande-Atlantic-Congo


Bertrade B. Ngo-Ngijol Banoum: Bantu Gender Revisited through an Analysis of Basaá Categories – A Typological Perspective

Herman M. Batibo: The Role of the External Setting in Language Shift Process – The Case of the Nama-Speaking Ovaherero in Tshabong

Paul D. Fallon: The Best is Not Good Enough – Scouring a Previously Documented Language for More

Aurélia Ferrari: Le sheng – Expansion et vernacularisation d’une variété urbaine hybride à Nairobi

Hélène Fatima Idris: The Status and Use of African Languages versus Arabic in Sudan – A Sociolinguistic Survey in Nyala, Darfur

H.R.T. Muzale: Developing a Language in a Complex Situation – Prospects and Challenges of Tanzanian Sign Language

Francis O. Oyebade / T.O. Agoyi: The Endangered Status of Marginalised Languages – Sosan and Ùkuè as Case Study

Solomon Oluwole Oyetade: Language Endangerment in Nigeria – Perspectives with the Akpes Cluster of Akoko Languages

Margarida Maria Taddoni Petter: Contact de langues au Brésil – Les langues africaines et le portugais brésilien

Eno-Abasi E. Urua: Language Marginalization – The Lower Cross Experience


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WOCAL 4 was combined with the 34th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: both were dedicated to the problems arising from the description of African Lnaguages in a rapidly changing world. [...]

The Congress attracted a record number of participants from 22 countries, in majority of African origin! The attendance of several African scholars was enabled by substantial support from the National Science Foundation. [...]

The proceedings of the WOCAL 4 have been as carefully and scrupulously edited as those contained in the previous three volumes. It main merit results from the fact that the book became an important forum for many young linguists from Africa.

Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 38/2005, 105-111

In summary, this volume did not only offer an outlet for meaningful contributions on the description of African Languages in a rapidly changing field, but it has also incorporated profound and well argued analyses of nearly every aspect of languages study and description, i.e., phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, computational linguistics, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. Moreover, all forty-two papers in this volume have contributed in different ways and in varying degrees to the quality and usefulness of this volume. Linguists in general and Africanists in particular will find this volume worth reading as it raises a number of new and significant questions that should lay the basis for further studies in the future. It is an invaluable contribution to the different linguistic sub-disciplines.

Abel Y. Mreta in Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 28/1, 2007, 103-106

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