Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages (Gur Monographs, Volumes 9 & 11) (2 Volumes)

9783896456199: Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages (Gur Monographs, Volumes 9 & 11) (2 Volumes)

This book is part of a three-volume publication on noun class systems in Gur languages. The first volume contains descriptions of the southwestern Gur languages. As far as their classificatory status is concerned, these are the South Central Gur languages without Gurunsi and most of the other languages classified as 'probable' or 'improbable' Gur by Anthony Naden (1989). In order to facilitate comparison of the data, all contributions follow the same order. Each article starts with some geographic and demographic information, and remarks on the state of linguistic research on the language. The contributors agreed on a minimal word list which appeared as constitutive or as indicative for certain noun classes and their possible evolution. The articles in each classificatory group are followed by summary 'Comparative Notes'. The bibliography at the end of the volume contains all the titles mentioned in the contribution. - The second volume of the work is devoted to languages of the North Central Gur group. It includes descriptions of Bwamu and Koromfe, and of most Oti-Volta languages of all sub-groups, i.e. Buli-Konni, Oti-Volta West, Oti-Volta East or Atakora, Gurma and Yom-Nawdm. Articles on the noun class system of Pana and Samoma, two Gurunsi languages, and of Syer, a Senufo language, are also appended. A first version of the Syer noun class system was published in the first volume under the language name Tenyer, which is a variety of Syer. Depending on the research situation in each case, existing knowledge, and other factors, the art¬icles give more or less comprehensive descriptions of the noun class systems of the languages under consideration. While most of them go into details, some present only the most characteris¬tic features of the noun classes of the language concerned. However, all contribute significantly to the general survey of the noun class systems of Gur and may serve as sources for further historical comparative work. [...]

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