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Historical linguistics and the comparative study of African languages

Gerrit Jan Dimmendaal

Historical linguistics and the comparative study of African languages

by Gerrit Jan Dimmendaal

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Published by John Benjamins Pub. Co. in Amsterdam, Philadelphia .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • African languages,
  • Historical linguistics,
  • Comparative Grammar

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. [373]-406) and index.

    StatementGerrit J. Dimmendaal
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPL8008 .D56 2011
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxviii, 421 p. :
    Number of Pages421
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25004302M
    ISBN 109789027211781, 9789027211798, 9789027287229
    LC Control Number2011002759

    From the very beginning of my student days in linguistics, I have been concerned with descriptive, historical, typological and theoretical issues arising from the study of African languages, particularly within the Benue-Congo subbranch of Niger-Congo, and within it, especially Bantu and Bantoid. Andrea L. Berez, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), History of Linguistic Fieldwork. The history of linguistic fieldwork, broadly defined, goes back at least five centuries, when Spanish and Portuguese colonists in Africa, Asia, and the Americas embarked on the study of indigenous languages in the service of exploration and Christian.

    Comparative-Historical Linguistics the branch of linguistics whose objectives are (1) the reconstruction of synchronic states unattested in written records and diachronic processes in the history of individual languages and groups of related languages and (2) the determination of the origins of language families, languages, and individual elements in. Studies in Historical Linguistics brings together work which utilises the comparative method of language study. Topics include the examination of language change over time, the genetic classification of language, lexicography, dialectology and etymology.

    The languages of Africa are divided into several major language families. Niger–Congo or perhaps Atlantic–Congo languages (Bantu and non-Bantu, the inclusion of Mande and a few other groups is disputed) are spoken in West, Central, Southeast and Southern Africa.; Afroasiatic languages are spread throughout Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa and parts of the Sahel. For these African languages see also Maboya (), Mpeko (), Mali () and Tshithukhe (). In expletive constructions in these African languages as shown in no. (1) and no. (2) above, an expletive morpheme combines with an empty pro in the subject position of the clause.


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Historical linguistics and the comparative study of African languages by Gerrit Jan Dimmendaal Download PDF EPUB FB2

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 Cited by:   A historical linguistics course book that deals with the historical and comparative study of African languages.

It functions as an elementary introduction to the comparative method, involving the establishment of lexical and grammatical cognates, and the reconstruction of their historical : 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. Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languagesis a valuable tool for teachers and students, an important reference for other scholars and researchers, as well as a beautiful testimony to the stories of African languages, and to the inquiring mind and rigorous scholarship of.

The first is that this is not one book, but two: in Part 1 (Chs. ) it starts out as an introductory textbook in historical linguistics, but it gradually transforms in Parts 2 and 3 (Chs. ) into D's view of how African languages bear on comparative and historical issues, including controversial : Larry M.

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The twelve chapters are written by a team of fifteen eminent Africanists, and their topics include the four major language groupings (Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan 4/5(1). Linguistics for the use of African history and the comparative study of Bantu Pottery vocabulary.

study of South-African Bantu languages of historical linguistics to African Author: Koen Bostoen. The course provides students with an introduction to comparative linguistic methods: ways to classify different types of linguistic variation and change, the effects of language contact, language change and language exchange, and the role of typology and universals play in explaining language change.

Typology, Comparative Linguistics, and Language and History. In deference to the space demands of a review of this nature, I will simply say that these three chapters continue the pattern exemplified above, explaining basic linguistic concepts and illustrating them from African Language data.

All three are well written and merit careful reading. Comparative and historical linguistics are often treated as a single discipline, although they actually differ considerably with respect to their goals and methods.

Comparative linguistics is the scientific study of language from a comparative point of view, which means that it is involved in comparing and classifying languages.

To compare File Size: KB. This book is the first general introduction to African languages and linguistics to be published in English. It covers the four major language groupings (Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan), the core areas of modern theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax), typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and language, history and by: Historical linguistics and the comparative study of African languages / Gerrit J.

Dimmendaal. Includes bibliographical references and index. African languages--Grammar, Comparative. Historical linguistics. Title. PLD56 dc22 isbn 90. The commissioned articles survey the major language families and more, including African pidgins and creoles, a chapter on language policy, and another on missionary work.

Two chapters treat the history of African linguistics up to the time of the book’s publication. Blench, Roger M. Archaeology, language, and the African past. Lanham. In any course of historical and comparative linguistics there will be students of different language backgrounds, different levels of linguistic training, and different theoretical orientation.

This textbook attempts to mitigate the problems raised by this heterogeneity in a number of :   The Handbook of Historical Linguistics provides a detailed account of the numerous issues, methods, and results that characterize current work in historical linguistics, the area of linguistics most directly concerned with language change as well as past language states.

Contains an extensive introduction that places the study of historical linguistics in its proper context within linguistics. Comparative linguistics. Comparative linguistics (originally comparative philology) is a branch of historical linguistics that is concerned with comparing languages in order to establish their historical ges may be related by convergence through borrowing or by genetic descent, thus languages can change and are also able to cross-relate.

The book perhaps errs on the side of completeness: just about any work that cites figures from the past is apt to be included here. Coverage ends just when institutionalized academic study of the history of linguistics—with Koerner himself as its principal organizational leader—was hitting its stride.

Lepschy, Giulio, ed. – The beginning of Bantu (historical) linguistics as a ‘scientific’ discipline is marked by the work of the German missionary Wilhelm Bleek. Inhe submitted a PhD-dissertation written in Latin at the university of Bonn, which was a comparative study of South-African Bantu languages.

He is Mande Atlantic New Kwa Cross River Edoid Northern. THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF LINGUISTICS TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY IN AFRICA* BY DEREK NURSE Memorial University of Newfoundland T HE work of historical and comparative linguists has long interested African historians.

By classifying languages into families, linguists provide models of their historical development that may point to historical events and processes. the history of linguistics from intellectual history in general, and, as a consequence, work in the assumptions concerning the comparative study of languages at that time.

This book is.The new look in historical linguistics The most visible face of historical linguistics is the study of language relationships. It has been revitalized in the last few decades by a wealth of new linguistic, historical, anthropological, and ge-netic evidence, innovative methods of classification, and a better understanding of how languagesFile Size: KB.“Bantu Expansions: Re-envisioning a Central Problem of Early African History,” and “Christopher Ehret Responds,” International Journal of African Historical Stud 1 (): and (Pp.

consist of responses to the article from 14 scholars of African history, linguistics, and archaeology.).