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  • Literature of Africaby Douglas Killam

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 77.00

    As more works of African Literature are being incorporated into the Language Arts and Cultural Studies curriculum, it becomes increasingly important to offer students and educators a meaningful context in which to explore these works. As part of Greenwood's Literature as Windows to World Culture series, this volume introduces readers to the cultural... more...

  • The Acquisition of Swahiliby Kamil Ud Deen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 165.00

    This monograph is the first study of the acquisition of Swahili as a first language. It focuses on the acquisition of inflectional affixes, with a particular emphasis on subject agreement and tense. Other inflectional affixes are also investigated, including object agreement and mood. The study surveys the adult dialect in question, Nairobi Swahili,... more...

  • Aspect and Modality in Kwa Languagesby Felix K. Ameka; M.E. Kropp Dakubu

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 180.00

    This book explores the thesis that in the Kwa languages of West Africa, aspect and modality are more central to the grammar of the verb than tense. Where tense marking has emerged it is invariably in the expression of the future, and therefore concerned with the impending actualization or potentiality of an event, hence with modality, rather than the... more...

  • Australian Languagesby Claire Bowern; Harold Koch

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 188.00

    This book addresses controversial issues in the application of the comparative method to the languages of Australia which have recently come to international prominence. Are these languages ?different? in ways that challenge the fundamental assumptions of historical linguistics? Can subgrouping be successfully undertaken using the Comparative Method?... more...

  • The Bantu?Romance Connectionby CÚcile De Cat; Katherine Demuth

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 173.00

    This landmark volume is the first work specifically designed to explore the extent to which striking surface morpho-syntactic similarities between Bantu and Romance languages actually represent similar syntactic structures. In particular, it explores the timely and much debated issues of verbal morphology and agreement, the structure of DPs, and word... more...

  • Coding Participant Markingby Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Whereas Africa as a typological area is often associated with extensive verb morphology and verb serialization, this collection of studies shows that there is tremendous typological diversity at the clausal level. Verb serialization in the Khoisan area contrasts with extensive case-marking in languages of northeastern Africa, which also use converbs... more...

  • The Expression of Information Structureby Ines Fiedler; Anne Schwarz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This book analyzes the different patterns found across subsaharan Africa to express information structure. Based on languages from all four African language phyla, it documents the great diversity of linguistic means used to encode information-structural phenomena and is therefore highly relevant for some of the most pertinent questions in modern linguistic... more...

  • The Grammar of Repetitionby Jason Kandybowicz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Displacement is a fundamental property of grammar. Typically, when an occurrence moves it is pronounced in only one environment. This was previously viewed as a primitive/irreducible property of grammar. Recent work, however, suggests that it follows from principled interactions between the syntactic and phonological components of grammar. As such,... more...

  • An Introduction to African Languagesby G. Tucker Childs

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 188.00

    This book introduces beginning students and non-specialists to the diversity and richness of African languages. In addition to providing a solid background to the study of African languages, the book presents linguistic phenomena not found in European languages. A goal of this book is to stimulate interest in African languages and address the question:... more...

  • Negation Patterns in West African Languages and Beyondby Norbert Cyffer; Erwin Ebermann; Georg Ziegelmeyer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    This volume deals with issues on negation patterns in languages of West Africa and the adjacent north and east. The first aim is to provide data on various aspects of negation in African languages. Although the topics addressed here reflect a great diversity of negation patterns, the following typological features have been identified to be prominent... more...