VIII, 208 pp.
1 colour photo, numerous tables and charts
Text languages: English, French
This volume is dedicated to Professor em. Norbert Cyffer (University of Vienna, Austria), who is an acknowledged doyen of Saharan, and especially Kanuri linguistics. It is widely recognised that over the last four decades Cyffer’s work contributed much to a deeper insight into the Kanuri language and the dynamics of linguistic change in the wider Lake Chad region. Throughout his professional career as a lecturer and professor of African Studies in Nigeria, Germany and Austria he concentrated on various aspects of the Kanuri language and society. His academic work was recognised not only by the scientific community outside, but also within Kanuri society. To honour Norbert Cyffer and his scholarly contributions the editors of the present volume – three of his former students from Mainz and Vienna – brought together a collection of eleven articles, addressing current topics of linguistics, literature and society in the wider Lake Chad area.
Doris Löhr / Eva Rothmaler / Georg Ziegelmeyer: Introduction
Ari Awagana:: Racines lexicales sahariennes – Préludes à la vocabulaire de base
Dmitry Bondarev / Philip J. Jaggar / Doris Löhr / Abba Isa Tijani: Differential subject marking in Kanuri – Agentivity, pragmatics, and split-intransitive
Umara Bulakarima: Settlement in a Kanuri community – A case study of a Bulama Bulabe and Imam Bulabe
Graham Furniss: Analysing imagery – Comments from short-form verbal art in Hausa
Ludwig Gerhardt: Noun classes as victims of marriage rules or: What and what not may language contact be responsible for in language change?
Angelika Jakobi: Split-S in Beria
Eva Rothmaler: Can we speak of converbs in Kanuri?
Bosoma Sheriff / Muhammad Fannami: Tapping the untapped – A critical analysis of Kitabuwa Kanuribe 1-5
Russell G. Schuh: Grammatical influences of Kanuri on Chadic languages of Yobe State
H. Ekkehard Wolff: On the origin and status of nasal vowels in “Tubu”
Georg Ziegelmeyer: On argument focus in Kanuri
Under these links you will find publications of the contributors and further festschrifts / paper collections on West African languages: