Intonation in African Tone Languages

Intonation in African Tone Languages

Author: Laura J. Downing

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110503524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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This volume brings together two under-investigated areas of intonation typology. While tone languages make up to 70 percent of the world’s languages, only few have been explored for intonation. And even though one third of the world’s languages are spoken in Africa, and most sub-Saharan languages are tone languages, recent collections on tone and intonation typology have almost entirely ignored African languages. This book aims to fill this gap.

The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody

The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody

Author: Carlos Gussenhoven

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198832232

Category: Computers

Page: 960

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This handbook presents detailed accounts of current research in all aspects of language prosody, written by leading experts from different disciplines. The volume's comprehensive coverage and multidisciplinary approach will make it an invaluable resource for all researchers, students, and practitioners interested in prosody.

The Bantu Languages

The Bantu Languages

Author: Mark Van de Velde

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317628682

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 925

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Written by an international team of experts, this comprehensive volume presents grammatical analyses of individual Bantu languages, comparative studies of their main phonetic, phonological and grammatical characteristics and overview chapters on their history and classification. It is estimated that some 300 to 350 million people, or one in three Africans, are Bantu speakers. Van de Velde and Bostoen bring together their linguistic expertise to produce a volume that builds on Nurse and Philippson’s first edition. The Bantu Languages, 2nd edition is divided into two parts; Part 1 contains 11 comparative chapters, and Part 2 provides grammar sketches of 12 individual Bantu languages, some of which were previously undescribed. The grammar sketches follow a general template that allows for easy comparison. Thoroughly revised and updated to include more language descriptions and the latest comparative insights. New to this edition: • new chapters on syntax, tone, reconstruction and language contact • 12 new sketch grammars • thoroughly updated chapters on phonetics, aspect-tense-mood and classification • exhaustive catalogue of known languages with essential references This unique resource remains the ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Bantu linguistics and languages. It will be of interest to researchers and anyone with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic typology and grammatical analysis.

Language Variety in the South Revisited

Language Variety in the South Revisited

Author: Cynthia Bernstein

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817357443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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Top linguists from diverse fields address language varieties in the South. Language Variety in the South Revisited is a comprehensive collection of new research on southern United States English by foremost scholars of regional language variation. Like its predecessor, Language Variety in the South: Perspectives in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 1986), this book includes current research into African American vernacular English, but it greatly expands the scope of investigation and offers an extensive assessment of the field. The volume encompasses studies of contact involving African and European languages; analysis of discourse, pragmatic, lexical, phonological, and syntactic features; and evaluations of methods of collecting and examining data. The 38 essays not only offer a wealth of information about southern language varieties but also serve as models for regional linguistic investigation.

Prosody and Prosodic Interfaces

Prosody and Prosodic Interfaces

Author: Haruo Kubozono

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198869740

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Page: 576

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This volume brings together new work on prosody and prosodic interfaces from international experts in the field, with parts exploring word prosody and phrase prosody, lexical tone and intonation, and the syntax-prosody interface. The empirical data comes from a wide range of languages, including many that are largely undocumented or understudied.

Theory and description in African Linguistics

Theory and description in African Linguistics

Author: Emily Clem

Publisher: Language Science Press

ISBN: 9783961102051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 788

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The papers in this volume were presented at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at UC Berkeley in 2016. The papers offer new descriptions of African languages and propose novel theoretical analyses of them. The contributions span topics in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics and reflect the typological and genetic diversity of languages in Africa. Four papers in the volume examine Areal Features and Linguistic Reconstruction in Africa, and were presented at a special workshop on this topic held alongside the general session of ACAL.

Vital Aspects of African Linguistics

Vital Aspects of African Linguistics

Author: Essien, Okon

Publisher: M & J Grand Orbit Communications

ISBN: 9789785416442

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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This book is a compressed version of some commissioned and inspired works of aspects of linguistics by Okon Essien, indigenous Professor of Linguistics in the south-south and south-east of Nigeria. Covered by the essays are issues concerning language endangerment, linguistic revival of vanishing tongues of Africa, language and ethnicity, language and power and language and politics.

Typological Studies in Word and Sentence Prosody

Typological Studies in Word and Sentence Prosody

Author: Tomas Riad

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110207569

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 399

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Despite the recent advances in the integration of lexical tone and intonation in phonological theory, all too often the study of intonation and the study of lexical tone are viewed as belonging to different research traditions. This collection strengthens the integrated approach by studying tone and intonation within a common framework, and by tracing their interaction in specific prosodic systems. Some papers deal with the structural properties of lexical tone and intonation, while others focus on the historical development of prosodic systems. The volume also includes a re-evaluation of a classic paper on the typology of tone rules, and a survey of features signalling question intonation in African languages.

The Routledge Handbook of African Linguistics

The Routledge Handbook of African Linguistics

Author: Augustine Agwuele

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315392967

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 464

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The Handbook of African Linguistics provides a holistic coverage of the key themes, subfields, approaches and practical application to the vast areas subsumable under African linguistics that will serve researchers working across the wide continuum in the field. Established and emerging scholars of African languages who are active and current in their fields are brought together, each making use of data from a linguistic group in Africa to explicate a chosen theme within their area of expertise, and illustrate the practice of the discipline in the continent.