Helga Schröder/Prisca Jerono: Nilo-Saharan Issues and Perspectives [PDF]


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241 pp.
2 colour maps, 3 b/w maps, 18 b/w photos, 8 spectrograms, 3 speech waveform examples, 3 musical notations, 12 figures, numerous tables and charts

Text language: English

NISA is a huge Africanistic symposium which works on a comprehen­sive, coherent linguistic phylum (area), which comprises Mali and Niger in West Africa up to Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania in Eastern Africa. The main purpose of the colloquium is to bring scholars of Nilo-Saharan languages together for scholarly exchange and dis­cussion. Many Nilo-Saharan languages have little or no documen­tation. Only through adequate cooperation with colleagues from all over the world can fundamental progress be achieved in this vast research area. The symposium has a long tradition: The first symposium took place in Kisumu, Kenya already in 1986. The University of Nairobi was given the mandate to arrange the 12th symposium which took place in September 2015. Papers dealing with a diachronic or comparative perspective or with phonetic, phono­logical, morphological, syntactic, semantic, discourse and prag­matic issues of Nilo-Saharan languages were presented.



Samuel Beer:
Retention and contraction in Nyang’i nominal number marking

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal:
On stable and unstable features in Nilo-Saharan

Joelle Goldberg:
Person marking in Gwama

Justin M. Goldberg:
Obstruent neutralization in Gwama

Anne-Christie Hellenthal:
Semantics of directional verb morphology in Gwama

Prisca Jerono:
Tugen noun classification

Angelika Mietzner / Anne Storch:
Everyday rituals – on describing language, and on being indirect in Nilotic

Moges Yigezu:
Ngaalam: an endangered Nilo-Saharan language of Southwest Ethiopia – a sociolinguistic survey
on language vitality and endangerment

Jonathan Moodie:
Lopit verb morphology – an introduction

Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor:
An autosegmental analysis of the downstepped high tone in Dholuo

Manuel Otero:
Directional verb morphology in Ethiopian Komo

Maren Rüsch:
Repetition in Acholi conversation

Helga Schröder:
Motion in Toposa

Justine M. Sikuku & Joseph M. Wanyonyi:
On the nature of possession in Keiyo

Christine Waag:
The grammar of space in Keliko, a Central Sudanic language of South Sudan