Jörg Adelberger / Rudolf Leger (eds.): Language and History in the Light of Reconstructions [PDF]


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FAB Frankfurt African Studies Bulletin 22/2010

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198 pp.
1 colour map, 10 colour photos, numerous tables and charts

Text language: English

This issue of FAB is in its wider sense devoted to language history. It comprises a variety of relevant articles on language reconstruction and language use, shows the diverse scholarly approaches of the contributors towards historical aspects in a convincing way, and at the same time reflects their ongoing research interests.

The different case studies presented in this volume may be seen as general outlines, but also as detailed in-depth studies which examine different views of comparative historical linguistics and oral traditions. The geographical zone dealt with covers the central and eastern Sudanic region reaching from Nigeria up to Egypt.

This linguistically heterogeneous and fascinating area is highlighted and may enable the reader to get a more profound impression on distinct languages, their historical development and changes, filling a gap that had hitherto existed in comparative as well as descriptive studies. The articles may serve as a key for future comparative analyses of diachronic and synchronic linguistic processes within the wider Sudanic region.


Rudolf Leger: Preface
Christopher Ehret: A guide to cognate discovery in Nilo-Saharan
Olga Stolbova: Velar prefixes in Chadic
Roger Blench: New reconstructions of West African economic plants
Ulrich Luft: Conjugation bases in the Sahidic Coptic – a reassessment
Anne Storch: How the West was won – ways of making history in Hone (Jukun, Nigeria)

Especially on Coptic a learner’s grammar has been published in our programme:
Chris H. Reintges: Coptic Egyptian (Sahidic Dialect) [PDF]

Under these links you find further reconstructions of African languages / language families:

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