Gudrun Miehe / Brigitte Reineke / Kerstin Winkelmann (eds.): Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages [PDF]


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Vol. II North Central Gur Languages

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VIII, 727 pp.
numerous tables and charts

Text language: English

This book is the second volume of a two-volume publication on noun class systems in Gur lan­guages, noun classes being one of the most characteristic features of Niger-Congo languages. The first volume appeared in 2007 and described the southwestern Gur languages (without Gurunsi). The present second volume of is devoted to languages of the North Central Gur group. It includes descriptions of Bwamu and Koromfe, and of most Oti-Volta languages of all sub-groups, i.e. Buli-Konni, Oti-Volta West, Oti-Volta East or Atakora, Gurma and Yom-Nawdm. Articles on the noun class system of Pana and Samoma, two Gurunsi languages, and of Syer, a Senufo language, are also appended. A first version of the Syer noun class system was published in the first volume under the language name Tenyer, which is a variety of Syer.

Depending on the research situation in each case, existing knowledge, and other factors, the art­icles
give more or less comprehensive descriptions of the noun class systems of the languages under consideration. While most of them go into details, some present only the most characteris­tic features of the noun classes of the language concerned. However, all contribute significantly to the general survey of the noun class systems of Gur and may serve as sources for further historical comparative work. As was the case in the first volume, the descriptions are essentially based on data collected by the authors during periods of field research. In some cases, Gur language data published by other authors has been presented and reconsidered, especially from the comparative point of view.

The structure of the articles corresponds to that found in the first volume. This procedure guaran­tees the comparability of the data. In the Historical remarks given at the end of each article de­scribing the noun class system of a particular language, and in the “Comparative notes” included after each classificatory group, the historical and comparative point of view assumes a central position.


Preface / Introduction / Contributors / Abbreviations

Gudrun Miehe / Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer / Manfred von Roncador / Kerstin Winkelmann:
Overview of noun classes in Gur (II) (revised and enlarged version)

PART II North Central Gur languages

Anne Schwarz: A1. Buli

Anne Schwarz: A2. Konni

Anne Schwarz: A3. Buli-Konni: Comparative notes

Brigitte Reineke: B1. Byali

Brigitte Reineke: B2. Ditammari

Brigitte Reineke: B3. Mbelime

Brigitte Reineke & Brigitte Nédellec: B4. Nateni

Brigitte Reineke: B5. Waama

Brigitte Reineke: B6. Atakora: Comparative notes

Gudrun Miehe: C1. Dagara Cluster

Gudrun Miehe: C2. Farifari (Gurene)

Kerstin Winkelmann: C3. Moore

Manfred von Roncador: C4. Nnotre

Manfred von Roncador: C5. Safalba

Gudrun Miehe: C6. Dagbani

Gudrun Miehe: C7. Mampruli

Gudrun Miehe: C8. Oti-Volta West: Comparative notes

Kerstin Winkelmann: D1. Akasele

Mimboabe Bakpa & Manfred von Roncador: D2. Gangam

Kerstin Winkelmann & Manfred von Roncador: D3. Gulmancema

Kerstin Winkelmann: D4. Konkomba (Likpakpaln)

Mimboabe Bakpa & Manfred von Roncador: D5. Moba

Kerstin Winkelmann: D6. Ncam

Kerstin Winkelmann: D7. Gurma: Comparative notes

Ines Fiedler: E1. Yom

Ines Fiedler: E2. Nawdm

Ines Fiedler: E3. Yom-Nawdm: Comparative notes

Klaus Beyer: F1. Bwamu

Klaus Beyer: G1. Koromfe

PART III Addenda

Klaus Beyer: H1. Pana

Klaus Beyer: H2. Samoma

Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn: J1. Syer

PART IV Bibliography

Classification of Gur languages