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African Languages
An Introduction

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Bernd Heine, Derek Nurse, Kay Williamson, Roger Blench, Lionel M. Bender, Richard J. Hayward, Tom Güldemann, Rainer Vossen, G. N. Clements, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, John R. Watters, Denis Creissels, Paul Newman, Christopher Ehret, H. Ekkehard Wolff
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  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521666299

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  • 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 society. Basic concepts and terminology are explained for undergraduates and nonspecialist readers, but each chapter also provides an overview of the state of the art in its field, and as such will be referred to by more advanced students and general linguists.

    • The only available introduction in English giving a complete overview of African linguistics
    • Covers typology, language structures and sociolinguistic issues
    • Written by leading experts, who not only provide explanation of basic concepts for beginning students, but also allow them to learn of more recent developments in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It should be in any academic library that supports curricula in linguistics, African languages, or broader programs of African studies." Choice

    "This book provides a thorough introduction to African languages and linguistics, covering typology, structure and sociolinguistics." African Sun Times

    "The contributors are outstanding scholars, and they provide excellent and easy-to-read pieces...At present, no other text offers such a broad coverage of the diverse African language families; hence, this volume is an extraordinary resources for students and scholars interested in the study of African languages...This volume is a succesful introduction to African languages and linguistics." Anthropological Linguistics

    "The book has a substantial bibliography and extremely useful indexes of authors, language names, and subjects. It should be in any academic library that supports curricula in lingustics, African languages, or broader programs of African studies. It may well be assigned as a textbook, so should certainly be in the regular stacks, but is easy enough to use and covers so much information that it could also serve well in reference collection." Choice

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    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521666299
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 9 maps 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Notes on contributors
    1. Introduction Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse
    2. Niger-Congo Kay Williamson and Roger Blench
    3. Nilo-Saharan Lionel M. Bender
    4. Afroasiatic Richard J. Hayward
    5. Khoisan Tom Güldemann and Rainer Vossen
    6. Phonology G. N. Clements
    7. Morphology Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
    8. Syntax John R. Watters
    9. Typology Denis Creissels
    10. Comparative linguistics Paul Newman
    11. Language and history Christopher Ehret
    12. Language and society H. Ekkehard Wolff
    References
    Index of authors
    Index of languages
    Index of subjects.

  • Editors

    Bernd Heine, Universität zu Köln

    Derek Nurse, Memorial University of Newfoundland

    Contributors

    Bernd Heine, Derek Nurse, Kay Williamson, Roger Blench, Lionel M. Bender, Richard J. Hayward, Tom Güldemann, Rainer Vossen, G. N. Clements, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, John R. Watters, Denis Creissels, Paul Newman, Christopher Ehret, H. Ekkehard Wolff

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