Archaeology, language, and the African past
Archaeology, Language, and the African Past is an overview of theories and methods, a fusion of African linguistics and archaeology. Roger Blench provides a comprehensive look at the history of all African language families, incorporating the latest linguistic classifications, current evidence from archaeology, genetic research, and recorded history. This original and definitive volume examines the economic culture of the continent_from major crops and plant life to animals and livestock_from a multi-dimensional perspective. It provides students of linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology with a critical discussion on the history of African languages and the cultures they articulate.
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Adamawa African language phyla African languages African past Afroasiatic agriculture Arabic archaeological Austronesian Bahuchet Bantu languages Bender Benue-Congo Benue-Congo languages Berber Blench borrowed cattle century Chad Chadic Chadic languages classification coast cognate continent crops cultivation Cushitic dates developed Dioscorea distribution diversity domestic donkey early East Eastern Egypt Egyptian Ehret enset Ethiopia Ethiosemitic expansion fonio goat Greenberg groups guages Hausa historical linguistics hypothesis Igboid Ijoid important indigenous Indo-European innovations Kanuri Khoesan Kordofanian Language Attestation lexical lexicostatistics livestock loanwords maize major Mande material culture migration names Niger Niger-Congo languages Nigeria Nile Nilo-Saharan Nilo-Saharan languages Nilotic North Omotic origin phyla phylum populations Portuguese prehistory proposed protolanguage recent reconstruction record region root Saharan Semitic sheep shows Songhay sorghum sources South southern Africa speakers species spoken spread studies sub-Saharan Africa subgroups suggests Table tion tortoise tree West Africa widespread wild