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Studies in African Linguistic Typology

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The twenty-one papers that make up this volume reflect the broad perspective of African linguistic typology studies today. Where previous volumes would present language material from a very restricted area and perspective, the present contributions reflect the global interest and orientation of current African linguistic studies. The studies are nearly all implicational in nature. Based upon a detailed survey of a particular linguistic phenomenon in a given language or language area conclusions are drawn about the general nature about this phenomenon in the languages of Africa and beyond. They represent as such a first step that may ultimately lead to a more thorough understanding of African linguistic structures. This approach is well justified. Taking the other road, attempting to pick out linguistic details from often fairly superficially documented languages runs the risk that the data and its implications for the structure investigated might be misunderstood. Consequentially only very few studies of this nature giving the very broad perspective, the overview of a particular structure type covering the whole African continent are represented here.
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1. Introduction (by Voeltz, F.K. Erhard); 2. Future tense and aspect marking in Southern Bantu (by Batibo, Herman M.); 3. The marking of directional deixis in Somali: How typological idiosyncratic is it? (by Bourdin, Philippe); 4. A typology of subject and object markers in African languages (by Creissels, Denis); 5. Head marking, dependent marking and constituent order in the Nilotic area (by Dimmendaal, Gerrit J.); 6. Agent phrases in Bantu passives (by Fleisch, Axel); 7. Grammaticalization of switch reference: Motivation and means (by Frajzyngier, Zygmunt); 8. Complex predicates based on generic auxiliaries as an areal feature in Northeast Africa (by Guldemann, Tom); 9. The OHO constraint (by Hayward, Richard J.); 10. The word in Luganda. (by Hyman, Larry M.); 11. Case in Africa: On categorial misbehavior (by Konig, Christa); 12. The typology of relative clause formation in African languages (by Kuteva, Tania); 13. Deictic categories in particles and demonstratives in three Gur languages (by Lebikaza, Kezie Koyenzi); 14. Preprefix or not - that is the question: The case of Kwangali, Kwanyama and Ndonga (by Legere, Karsten); 15. Nonverbal and verbal negations in Kabyle (Berber): A typological perspective (by Mettouchi, Amina); 16. Grammaticalization chains of the verb Kare 'to give' in Kabba (by Moser, Rosmarie); 17. Selectors in Cushitic (by Mous, Maarten); 18. How Bantu is Kiyansi?: A re-examination of its verbal inflections (by Mufwene, Salikoko S.); 19. Diathesis alternation in some Gur languages (by Reineke, Brigitte); 20. Structure and function of incorporation processes in compounding (by Riehl, Claudia Maria); 21. Toward a typological perspective for Emai's BE constructions. (by Schaefer, Ronald P.); 22. Intrinsic focus and focus control in two varieties of Hausa (by Wolff, H. Ekkehard); 23. Language index; 24. Name index; 25. Subject index

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