History and the Testimony of Language
This book is about history and the practical power of language to reveal historical change. Christopher Ehret offers a methodological guide to applying language evidence in historical studies. He demonstrates how these methods allow us not only to recover the histories of time periods and places poorly served by written documentation, but also to enrich our understanding of well-documented regions and eras. A leading historian as well as historical linguist of Africa, Ehret provides in-depth examples from the language phyla of Africa, arguing that his comprehensive treatment can be applied by linguistically trained historians and historical linguists working with any language and in any area of the world.
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Afrasian African Classical Age African History Agäw archaeological areas aer bantu languages branch cattle Central century Chadic Classiﬁcation cognation communities consonant core vocabulary correlations crop cultivation culture Dahalo dawida dialects diﬀerent diﬀusion divergence E'rn Sahelian Kir earlier early East African Eastern Cushitic eﬀect Ehret Ethiopian Ethiopian Highlands Ethiosemitic languages ﬁeld ﬁgure ﬁndings ﬁrst millennium ﬁt glottochronology goat grain guage Highland idem identiﬁed inﬂuences iraqw Kalenjin Kenya kind Kiswahili Kunama language evidence lexical lexicon linguistic evidence linguistic stratigraphy livestock loanwords Ma’a Maasai maize Mashariki Mijikenda millennium bCE nilo-saharan northern noun omotic original oen particular percent period peripheral basic preﬁx Proto Proto-Ethiosemitic Proto-sahelian Proto–northern Proto–south Ethiosemitic reﬂect region root word saghala sahara semantic semitic shambaa signiﬁcant society Songay sound change south Ethiosemitic southern Cushitic southern Cushitic languages Southern Nilotic speakers speciﬁc spoken spread stratigraphy sudanic sufﬁx swahili Taita Cushitic Taita Hills Tanzania taxonomies term tobacco verb Waswahili word borrowing