East Benue Congo

This volume is the first in what hopefully will be a growing set of edited volumes and monographs concerning Niger-Congo comparative studies.

Author: John R. Watters

Publisher: Language Science Press

ISBN: 9783961101009


Page: 266

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This volume is the first in what hopefully will be a growing set of edited volumes and monographs concerning Niger-Congo comparative studies. This first volume addresses matters that are relevant to the entire East Benue-Congo family as well as the particular branches Kainji, Plateau, and Bantoid. In the case of Bantoid, the particular focus is on Grassfields and the Grassfields-Bantu borderland, though other Bantoid subgroups are referenced. The potential topics for comparative studies among these languages are numerous, but this volume is dedicated to presentations on nominal affixes, third person pronouns, and verbal extensions. A forthcoming volume will provide some results of reconstructions and lexicostatistics in Cross River, exploratory reconstructions in Southern Jukunoid, and reconstructions in Ekoid-Mbe and Mambiloid.

Class Marking in Emai

Languages representative of each unit will provide a perspective from which to view the declension and gender systems in Edoid and Emai in chapters 3 and 4. Proto Benue Congo Noun Class System De Wolf (1971) reconstructed noun class and ...

Author: Ronald P. Schaefer

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498542739

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 310

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Class Marking in Emai examines the retention, reduction, and transformation of inflectional resources pertaining to noun class in Emai, an Edoid language of south-central Nigeria. Ronald P. Schaefer and Francis O. Egbokhare demonstrate that in contrast to its Bantu relations, Emai retains form class prefixes on a relatively small group of nouns that distribute across eleven declension sets. Prefix addition rather than prefix alternation arises when ideophonic adverbials become syntactically displaced due to information structure and when Emai borrows lexical items from other languages. Reduction is evident in two primary domains: agreement class or gender and prefixes that alternate to express form class and grammatical number. As for transformation, it characterizes tonal, nominal and pronominal domains. Putting Emai and its noun class system into a broader cultural and archaeological context of historical language change, this book explores what it means to be a Benue Congo language with a reduced inflectional system.

Systems of Nominal Classification

The semantics of noun classes in ProtoBantu . In C. Craig ( ed . ) , Noun classes and categorization . Amsterdam : Benjamins . 217-39 . de Wolf , P. 1971. The noun class system of Proto - Benue - Congo . The Hague : Mouton .

Author: Gunter Senft

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521770750

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 350

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A major linguistic study of nominal classification systems across a variety of languages, first published in 2000.

Noun Classes and Categorization

Benue-Congo comparative wordlist, vol. 1, West African Linguistic Society, Univ. of Ibadan, Nigeria. Wolf, P. de 1971. The noun class system of Proto-Benue-Congo, The Hague: Mouton. River Valley) 262 Lao(tian) 291,437.449,451,452 Latin ...

Author: Colette Grinevald Craig

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027228741

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 481

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This volume is about the nature of categories in cognition and the relevance of these in language description, especially classifier systems. The classical view of categories was that they were discrete and based upon clusters of properties which were inherent to the entities. In recent years this conception has been challenged in different fields. By now prototype theory has established itself as one of the main approaches in linguistics. This volume brings classifier systems to the attention of cognitive psychologists dealing with the phenomenon of human categorization. For the general linguist it shows what can be learned from classifier systems into any theory on the nature of language organization, it will challenge some of the most entrenched notions in the field of linguistics, notions of what language is made of and how it functions.

Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languages

... Eastern Sudanic 97 Table 14 The noun-class system of Proto-Bantu (Meeussen 1967) 99 Table 15 Numeral classifiers ... Proto-Edoid reconstructions 288 Table 28 Vowel systems in Benue-Congo 289 Table 29 Proto-Benue-Congo noun classes I ...

Author: Gerrit Jan Dimmendaal

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027211781

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 421

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This advanced historical linguistics course book deals with the historical and comparative study of African languages. The first part functions as an elementary introduction to the comparative method, involving the establishment of lexical and grammatical cognates, the reconstruction of their historical development, techniques for the subclassification of related languages, and the use of language-internal evidence, more specifically the application of internal reconstruction. Part II addresses language contact phenomena and the status of language in a wider, cultural-historical and ecological context. Part III deals with the relationship between comparative linguistics and other disciplines. In this rich course book, the author presents valuable views on a number of issues in the comparative study of African languages, more specifically concerning genetic diversity on the African continent, the status of pidginised and creolised languages, language mixing, and grammaticalisation.