A Grammar of Koyra Chiini: The Songhay of Timbuktu

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Walter de Gruyter, 1999 - Foreign Language Study - 453 pages
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Of the large complex of African languages called Songhay, examines the four main varieties that are spoken in Mali. Most of the data is drawn from Timbuktu itself, but transcribed recordings from surrounding areas represent upriver dialects. An overview of sentence structure and other features is followed by descriptions of phonology; nouns, pronouns, and nominal derivation; nominal inflection and noun phrase syntax; verbal voice and verb derivation; verb phrase structure; discourse-functional constructions and relativization; sentence-level syntax and semantics; anaphora, logophorics, and reported speech; and semantic topics. A nine-page text recorded in 1986 describes the 1840 battle of Toya. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

Overview
11
Phonology
17
Nouns pronouns and nominal derivation
55
Nominal inflection and NP syntax
83
Verbal voice and verb derivation
125
VP structure
143
Discoursefunctional constructions and relativization
166
Sentencelevel syntax and semantics
243
Anaphora logophorics and reported speech
322
Semantic topics
353
Upriver dialects
375
Text
434
References
443
Subject Index
451
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