Ziegelmeyer/Cyffer (eds.): Aspects of Co- and Subordination – Case Studies from African, Slavonic, and Turkic Languages [PDF]


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TIAS Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 18

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VI, 289 pp.
3 colour facsimile reproductions, numerous tables and charts

Text language: English

In this volume, linguists take on issues of co- and subordination in sentence structures. On the one hand these structures are defined by more or less predetermined rules in individual languages. Therefore, the rules may diverge from language to language. On the other hand, they are subject to general and ongoing processes of linguistic change. This may result in common concepts of co- and subordination patterns. It is also observed that in syntax some grammatical categories evolved earlier and others later.

The conceptualization of innovated categories also differs in languages. Intra-linguistic, areal, as well as universal developments are ascertained. Aspects of a Sprachbund may also come in. It can be generally concluded that contact-induced language change is a prominent feature in several co- and subordination strategies.

The study focuses principally on languages and language families in the wider West African Lake Chad region, but, in order to incorporate universal typological issues, contributions from the Turkic and Slavonic languages were included.


Georg Ziegelmeyer / Norbert Cyffer: Introduction
Lars Johanson: Three kinds of clause junctors
Juliane Besters-Dilger: Co- and subordination expressing causality in Slavonic languages
H. Ekkehard Wolff: Clause linking in some Central-Chadic languages
Philip J. Jaggar: Relational DA as a preposition, coordinator, and subordinator in Hausa – Polysemy or homophony?
Petr Zima: Sprachbund and lingua franca as dynamic features – DA/NDA beyond Hausa
Doris Löhr: Coding temporal subordination in Malgwa
Georg Ziegelmeyer: Retention and innovation – On adverbial subordination in Gashua Bade
Andrew Haruna: Co- and subordination in Gurdun
Ari Awagana: Coordination et subordination en buduma
Norbert Cyffer: GA, RO & Co – Strategies of complementation and subordination in Kanuri
Dmitry Bondarev: Complex clauses in Old Kanembu/LG
Maarten Kossmann: On relative clauses in Northern Songhay – Tuareg and Songhay components
Raymond Boyd: Subordination from a Chamba-Daka perspective

Under these links you will find publications of the contributors and further descriptions of Chadic and (Nilo-)Saharan languages:

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