A Linguistic Geography of Africa
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Linguistic Geography of Africa by Bernd Heine
Book DescriptionMore than forty years ago it was demonstrated that the African continent can be divided into four distinct language families. Research on African languages has accordingly been preoccupied with reconstructing and understanding similarities across these families. This has meant that an interest in other kinds of linguistic relationship, such as whether structural similarities and dissimilarities among African languages are the result of contact between these languages, has never been the subject of major research. This book shows that such similarities across African languages are more common than is widely believed. It provides a broad perspective on Africa as a linguistic area, as well as an analysis of specific linguistic regions. In order to have a better understanding of African languages, their structures, and their history, more information on these contact-induced relationships is essential to understanding Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its history and prehistory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521876117
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernd Heine
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Linguistic Geography of Africa, Paperback (February 2011)
An edited collection of essays discussing the linguistic relationships between African languages.
Genesis of Grammar, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Bernd Heine
This book reconstructs what the earliest grammars might have been and shows how they could have led to the languages of modern humankind. It considers whether these languages derive from a single ancestral language; what the structure of language was when it first evolved; and how the properties associated with modern human languages first arose.
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Author Biography - Bernd Heine
Bernd Heine is Professor Emeritus of African Studies at the University of Koln, Germany. Derek Nurse is Henrietta Harvey Research Professor in the Linguistics Department at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
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