Klaus Beyer: La langue pana (Burkina Faso et Mali) – Description linguistique, lexique, textes [PDF]


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VIII, 223 pp.
1 map, 3 diagrams, 3 sonagrams, 10 tables, numerous charts

Text language: French

This work comprises a detailed phonological, morphological, and syntactic description of the nearly unknown and endangered Pana, a northern Gurunsi language. Pana is spoken in Northwest Burkina Faso and the bordering areas of the Republic of Mali along the river Sourou by approximately 5,000 people.

The present synchronic analysis of Pana is complemented by a historical-comparative excursion. Here the nominal class system which is actually reduced is reconstructed by dint of internal and external evidence. A lexical appendix – Pana-French and French-Pana – and three short Pana stories with interlinear and free French translations conclude the book.

Pana is very interesting for language contact research because it is isolated as a Gurunsi language in an area dominated by Mande languages. A complementary work about the resulting contact phenomena in Pana is in preparation.

As volume 2 of the same series, the PhD thesis by the author was published:

Klaus Beyer: Pferde, Schwerter und Macht – Eine historisch-vergleichende Studie zu Kulturwortfeldern in den Oti-Volta-Sprachen [PDF]