Advances in African Linguistics

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Vicki Carstens, Frederick Parkinson
Africa World Press, 2000 - Foreign Language Study - 311 pages
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This volume contains a selection of the papers presented at the 28th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, which took place at Cornell University from July 18–22, 1997. The editors have sought to include works which make both theoretical and descriptive contributions to this rich area of study.

The volume is in five sections. Section I consists of Kay Williamson’s plenary paper “Reconstructing Proto-Igboid Obstruents.” Section II contains papers on aspects of African language syntax. Section III is devoted to phonology and morphology of African languages. Papers on phonetics make up Section IV, and Section V contains sociolinguistic studies.

Among the contributors to this volume are E. O. Aboh who presents evidence from Gungbe for articulated IP and CP structure; L. Bickmore who proposes an account of how glides affect tonal behavior; A. Ngunga proposes an account of how Bantu verbal extensions are ordered, and D. Mengara who argues that French, as used in Africa, is genuinely an African language.
 

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Contents

Syntax
19
Yoruba Predicate Clefts from a Comparative Perspective
37
Phonological or Syntactic?
51
Object Raising in Yorubd
77
An Initial Analysis
91
Phonology and Morphology
117
Tones and Glides in Namwanga
135
The Tonal Pattern of Glides in Shimakoonde
149
Marcelino Liphola and David Odden
177
Evidence for the Tone Feature extreme
205
The Moraic Status of? and in Oromo
219
Mambila Fricative Vowels
233
How Speakers Get Started
251
Aerodynamic
265
Language in Society
281
Plurality and Deference in Urban Sango
299

ConsonantTone Interaction in African Languages
151
Alignment and Weight in the Tigrinya Verb Stem
165

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