ISBN13:978-0521666299 ISBN10: 0521666295 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521661782 ISBN10: 0521661781
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:00 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Cambridge University Press Published: 09/28/2006 International: No
"It should be in any academic library that supports curricula in linguistics, African languages, or broader programs of African studies."
"This book provides a thorough introduction to African languages and linguistics, covering typology, structure and sociolinguistics."
--African Sun Times
"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."
Cambridge University Press Web Site, November, 2002
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