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Linguistic Geography of Africa

Linguistic Geography of Africa - 11 edition

Linguistic Geography of Africa - 11 edition

ISBN13: 9780521182690

ISBN10: 0521182697

Linguistic Geography of Africa by Bernd Heine - ISBN 9780521182690
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 11
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2011
International: No
Linguistic Geography of Africa by Bernd Heine - ISBN 9780521182690

ISBN13: 9780521182690

ISBN10: 0521182697

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 11

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Summary

More than forty years ago it was demonstrated that the African continent can be divided into four distinct language families. Research on African languages has accordingly been preoccupied with reconstructing and understanding similarities across these families. This has meant that an interest in other kinds of linguistic relationship, such as whether structural similarities and dissimilarities among African languages are the result of contact between these languages, has never been the subject of major research. This 2007 book shows that such similarities across African languages are more common than is widely believed. It provides a broad perspective on Africa as a linguistic area, as well as an analysis of specific linguistic regions. In order to have a better understanding of African languages, their structures, and their history, more information on these contact-induced relationships is essential to understanding Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its history and prehistory.

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