The Oxford Handbook of African Languages

ISBN : 9780199609895

Rainer Vossen; Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
1056 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

This book provides a comprehensive overview of current research in African languages, drawing on insights from anthropological linguistics, typology, historical and comparative linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Africa is believed to host at least one third of the world's languages, usually classified into four phyla - Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and Khoisan - which are then subdivided into further families and subgroupings. This volume explores all aspects of research in the field, beginning with chapters that cover the major domains of grammar and comparative approaches. Later parts provide overviews of the phyla and subfamilies, alongside grammatical sketches of eighteen representative African languages of diverse genetic affiliation. The volume additionally explores multiple other topics relating to African languages and linguistics, with a particular focus on extralinguistic issues: language, cognition, and culture, including colour terminology and conversation analysis; language and society, including language contact and endangerment; language and history; and language and orature. This wide-ranging handbook will be a valuable reference for scholars and students in all areas of African linguistics and anthropology, and for anyone interested in descriptive, documentary, typological, and comparative linguistics.



List of abbreviations

List of maps, figures, and tables

The contributors

1 Gerrit J. Dimmendaal and Rainer Vossen: Introduction

Part I: Domains of Grammar

2 Michael J. Kenstowicz: Phonology and phonetics

3 David Odden: Tone

4 Klaus Beyer: Morphology

5 Jochen Zeller: Syntax

Part II: Language Comparison

6 Rainer Vossen: African language types

7 Mena Lafkioui: Dialectology and linguistic geography

8 Ludwig Gerhardt: Reflections on the history of African language classification

Part III: Language Phyla and Families

9 Jeff Good: Niger-Congo, with a special focus on Benue-Congo

10 Friederike Lupke: Atlantic

11 Henning Schreiber: Mande

12 Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu: Kwa

13 Gudrun Miehe: Gur

14 Lutz Marten: Bantu and Bantoid

15 Ulrich Kleinewillinghofer: Adamawa

16 Helma Pasch: Ubangi

17 Nicolas Quint: Kordofanian

18 Victor Porkhomovsky: Afro-Asiatic overview

19 Balazs J. Irsay-Nagy: Egyptian

20 Maarten Kossmann: Berber

21 Mauro Tosco: East Cushitic

22 Martine Vanhove: North Cushitic

23 Zelealem Leyew: Central Cushitic

24 Roland Kiessling: South Cushitic

25 Bernhard Kohler: Omotic

26 Bernard Caron: Chadic

27 Victor Porkhomovsky: Ethio-Semitic

28 Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: Nilo-Saharan and its limits

29 Norbert Cyffer: Saharan

30 Gerrit J. Dimmendaal and Angelika Jakobi: Eastern Sudanic

31 Pascal Boyeldieu: Central Sudanic

32 Henry Honken: Khoisan

33 Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: Linguistic isolates

Part IV: Languages Structures: Case Studies

34 Tucker G. Childs: Bom-Kim

35 Valentin Vydrin: Dan

36 Coffi Sambieni: Biali

37 Rose-Juliet Anyanwu: Yukuben

38 Yuko Abe: Bende

39 Ulrich Kleinewillinghofer: Waja

40 Helma Pasch: Zande

41 Catherine Taine-Cheikh: Zenaga

42 Kazuhiro Kawachi: Sidaama

43 Zelealem Leyew: Kolisi

44 Maarten Mous: Iraqw

45 Zygmunt Frajzyngier: Wandala

46 Osamu Hieda: Kumam

47 Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: Baale

48 Lameen Souag: Songhay languages

49 Rainer Vossen: Cara

50 Henry Honken: ǁ?X'egwi

51 Helen Eaton: Sandawe

Part V: Language, Cognition, and Culture

52 Christa Kilian-Hatz: Ideophones

53 Doris L. Payne: Colour term systems: Genetic vs areal distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa

54 Ulrike Zoch: Experiencer constructions

55 Karsten Legere: Language and ethnobotany

56 Patricia Friedrich: Distinctive languages

57 Maren Rusch: Conversation analysis

58 Axel Fleisch: Cognition and language

Part VI: Language and Society

59 Andrij Rovenchak and Solomija Buk: Indigenous African scripts

60 Kembo Sure: Language policy and politics

61 Ingse Skattum: Language and education

62 James Essegbey: Language endangerment, documentation, and revitalization

63 Ellen Hurst: Language birth: youth/town language

64 Klaus Beyer: Language contact

65 Maarten Mous: Mixed languages: The case of Ma'a/Mbugu

66 Andrea Hollington: African languages in the Diaspora

67 Gabriele Sommer: Pidgin and creole languages

68 Victoria A.S. Nyst: Sign languages

69 Jonathan Owens: Arabic in Africa

70 Elke Karan and David Roberts: Orthography standardization

71 Thomas Bearth: Pragmatics and communication

72 Kristin Vold Lexander: African languages in information and communication technology

Part VII: Language and History

73 David L. Schoenbrun: Words, things, and meaning: Linguistics as a tool for historical reconstruction

74 Koen Bostoen: Language and archaeology

Part VIII: Language and Orature

75 Wilhelm J.G. Mohlig: Narratives

76 Sebastian K. Bemile: Proverbs

77 Clarissa Vierke: Poetry

Language index

Author index

Subject index


Rainer Vossen is Professor Emeritus of African Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. He has published descriptive and comparative studies on Khoisan, Nilotic, Bantu, and Mande languages as well as on dialectological, sociolinguistic, and historical topics. His recent books include the edited volumes The Khoesan Languages (Routledge, 2013), and African Sociolinguistic and Sociocultural Studies (Rudiger Koppe, 2014). ; Gerrit J. Dimmendaal is Professor of African Studies at the University of Cologne. He has published descriptive and comparative studies on languages belonging to three different language families, Afroasiatic, Niger-Congo, and Nilo-Saharan, as well as on anthropological linguistics. His more recent monographs include Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languages (Benjamins, 2011) and The Leopard's Spots: Essays on Language, Cognition and Culture (Brill, 2015).