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Wed Jan 29 2003

Books: General Linguistics, African: Mutaka & Tamanji

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  1. LINCOM.EUROPA, Introduction to African Linguistics: Mutaka & Tamanji

Message 1: Introduction to African Linguistics: Mutaka & Tamanji

Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:58:32 +0000
Subject: Introduction to African Linguistics: Mutaka & Tamanji

Title: Introduction to African Linguistics
Series Title: LINCOM Handbooks in Linguistics 16
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Availability: Available
Author: Ngessimo Mutaka 
Author: Pius Ngwa Tamanji

Hardback: ISBN: 389586675X, Pages: 260pp., Price: USD 78.50 / EUR
	 72.10 / GBP 46.70
Comment: (2nd printing)
An Introduction to African Linguistics is a book which deals with the
main features of languages as found mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and
more particularly in Bantu languages

As mentioned by one of the authors, One motivation for writing the
book is that, during my graduate studies, I always wished I had access
to an introductory book of this nature. Very often, Doug Pulleyblank
or Larry Hyman would refer me to certain phonological processes found
in some African languages, and I thought it would be helpful if
students of African linguistics could have easier access to such
examples in an introductory book on African Linguistics. My hope is
that this book will prove interesting not only for most linguistics
students but also for any linguist or any linguistic sympathizer who
will find in this book precious information scattered in various
published and unpublished materials not easily accessible.

Maybe, what renders the book most unique is the three chapters on
Phonology: chapter 3: non tonal phonological processes, chapter 4:
tonological processes, chapter 5: exercises on phonological
processes. These chapters basically encapsulate the richness of
African phonology made available in one single introductory
volume. Other chapters are equally interesting. Thus chapter 8, Notes
on the historical linguistics of African languages, provides
background material on African languages; chapter 7, the Syntax of
African languages, provides an easy-to-understand explanation
ofsyntactic terms and their illustrations through various African
languages. This chapter is a contribution of Pius N. Tamanji together
with the sections on lexical expansion in chapter 10, verbal
extensions,and tense, aspect and mood in chapter 6.q
Lingfield(s): General Linguistics

Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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