Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages - Vol. I Southwestern Gur Languages (without Gurunsi) / Vol. II North Central Gur Languages

9783896456199: Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages - Vol. I Southwestern Gur Languages (without Gurunsi) / Vol. II North Central Gur Languages

These books are 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. Volume II: North Central Gur Languages This book is the second volume of a three-volume publication on noun class systems in Gur lan­guages, noun classes being one of the most characteristic features of Niger-Congo languages. The first volume appeared in 2007 and described the southwestern Gur languages (without Gurunsi). The present second volume of 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 art­icles give more or less comprehensive descriptions of the noun class systems of the languages under consideration.

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