By G. Tucker Childs
Delivering an advent to the linguistic learn of African languages, the orientation followed all through this publication is a descriptive-structural-typological one, in place of a formal-theoretical method. Formalisms usually are not eschewed in line with se yet relatively are invoked once they relief the principal thrust of the publication, that's to explain and symbolize the languages of Africa in a succinct and concise demeanour, and to make the evidence obtainable to the strange reader. to assert that the method is typological implies that a given constitution is in comparison to constructions of a similar variety (typically ones conventional to the readers), set inside of a longtime diversity of version, and characterised as ordinary or unforeseen. additional aspect can be supplied, the place attainable, when it comes to the structure's synchronic distribution and diachronic foundation. The textual content assumes at the very least a few wisdom of language constitution at the a part of its readers, yet not anything past that obtained in a first-year linguistics path. The ebook is prepared through linguistic area or sub-field inside of linguistics, and every of the chapters may be learn independently. Readers can therefore learn selectively or learn the ebook sequentially from cover-to-cover. teachers can use the publication as a textual content for a path in African languages or maybe language typology. there's beneficiant indexing by way of subject, language and writer; appendix comprises well-known replacement names for the languages mentioned and directs readers to listings within the language index.
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Delivering an creation to the linguistic learn of African languages, the orientation followed all through this e-book is a descriptive-structural-typological one, rather than a formal-theoretical method. Formalisms usually are not eschewed in keeping with se yet fairly are invoked once they relief the primary thrust of the e-book, that is to explain and symbolize the languages of Africa in a succinct and concise demeanour, and to make the evidence obtainable to the unexpected reader.
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Noss 1975, Aardt & Godwin 1992). Other reasons could be linked to the appeal of a diﬀerent culture as represented in its language, whether it be the remnants of a hunting and gathering population in the Kalahari (Wilmsen 1981), or their highly urbanized Bantu neighbors in the nearby cities of South Africa, the “Town” Xhosa rather than the “Red” or traditional Xhosa8 (Mayer 1961). The richness and resilience of many African cultures can be seen in their persistence in the New World, as well as in urban environments in Africa itself (Groenwald & Makopo 1992), albeit somewhat transformed.
After having been accused of being Fula) was suﬃcient for my informant to distinguish himself as Mande from a quite separate ethnic category, [from] the Fula, as well as from other Sierra Leonean ethnicities such as Limba or Temne. It was only during the course of the interview that the leatherworker more precisely deﬁned the origins of his family as Soninke (Frank 1995: 144). In the townships of South Africa’s cities, ethnicity is uncertain if not unimportant; some would deny any ethnicity because it smacks of the classiﬁcations imposed by the apartheid government.
Labov 1981. , Casad 1974, Grimes 1990 (see Simons 1979 for a review). With the information gleaned from such an assessment, missionary analysts can make decisions as to how many diﬀerent Bible translations are needed for a given area and even which dialect should be chosen as the standard. , shared lexicon and grammatical features, the regular 26. The “West” part of the name was subsequently dropped (Doneux 1975). Even earlier the group had been named “North-West Atlantic” (Koelle 1854a). 33 34 An Introduction to African Languages data of linguists.
An Introduction to African Languages by G. Tucker Childs