H. Schröder / P. Jerono (eds.): Nilo-Saharan Issues and Perspectives – 12th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium, Nairobi 2015 [PDF]


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NISA Nilo-Saharan – Studies in Language and Context Volume 30

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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 Nilo-Saharan 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

Under these links you will find publications of the contributors, the proceedings volumes of the Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquia in Hamburg, Khartoum, Köln, Nairobi, Nizza und Wien and descriptions of further Nilo-Saharan languages and cultures:

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