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Benue-Congo noun class systems.

Jan Voorhoeve

Benue-Congo noun class systems.

Edited by Jan Voorhoeve [and] Paul P. de Wolf from contributions by members of the Benue-Congo Working Group and other sources.

by Jan Voorhoeve

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Published by West African Linguistic Society in Leiden .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Benue-Congo languages -- Noun

  • Edition Notes

    ContributionsWolf, Paul P. de,, Benue-Congo Working Group, West African Linguistic Society
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPL8026 B4 V6
    The Physical Object
    Pagination198p.
    Number of Pages198
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL18579288M

    This article is however centered on those instances where Luganda and RR differ in their pronominal concordial agreement marking; but first we would like to give an overview of the noun class systems of both languages. Bantu noun classes are categorized into noun classes on the basis of the prefixes that they take and it is the system of noun. Sep 19,  · Wolof and Fula (also known as Fulani) are both considered Senegambian languages (formerly part of the now-defunct “Atlantic” subfamily of Niger-Congo). * Update: It appears to me now that “Niger-Congo” as a family may be equivocal and ostensible. Nov 27,  · The largest language phylum in Africa and probably in the world, Niger-Congo language family brief description. Niger congo language family-by a. sosal a. 1. By Ahmed Sosal A. Department of Linguistics University of Khartoum October noun class system, verb extensions, and basic multinivel.top class system there is a wide noun class.


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Blench () states that if Benue–Congo is taken to be "the noun-class languages east and north of the Niger", it is likely to be a valid group, though no demonstration of this has been made in print.

The Benue–Congo branches of Nigeria and multinivel.topphic distribution: Africa, from Nigeria eastwards. Within Benue–Congo, the place of origin of the Bantu languages as well as time at which it started to expand is known with great specificity.

Blench (), relying particularly on prior work by Kay Williamson and P. De Wolf, argued that Benue–Congo probably originated at the confluence of the Benue and Niger Rivers in central multinivel.topphic distribution: Africa.

This book assesses the retention, reduction, and transformation of inflectional nominal morphology in the Edoid language Emai. Putting Emai and its noun class system into a broader cultural and archaeological context of historical language change, the authors explore what it means to be a Benue Congo language with a reduced inflectional system.

There is no gender distinction. Some non-Bantu languages (like Jukun and Kana) have lost the noun-class system.-Another distinctive feature of Benue-Congo languages is the system of agreement or concordance between noun modifiers and the noun i.e., they all share the same class prefix.

This concord extends also to the verb, and to the subject. Cross River within Bantoid-Cross of the East Benue-Congo branch of Benue-Congo. This paper argues that Gokana and Kana have lost their noun class systems which is a feature of Proto-Cross River but a new system of numeral classifiers have developed in these languages.

The paper describes the numeral classifier system inCited by: 1. Bantu Noun Class Systems: Loanword and Acquisition Evidence of Semantic Productivity 1. Introduction Bantu noun class systems can be roughly characterized in the following typological terms: First, noun classes tend to be realized as grammatical morphemes rather than independent lexical items.

Noun. u-dono. woman, female; Further reading. Jan Voorhoeve, Paul P. De Wolf, Benue-Congo Noun Class Systems (), page ù-dònò / bà; Roger Blench, Towards a dictionary of the Reshe language (): u-dono (with tones ú-dónú when part of the phrase 'old woman').

-Most noun class systems have an accompanying concord system: other elements of the noun phrase (such as determiners, adjectives, or quantifiers), and frequently the verbs as well, are marked by an affix selected according to the class of the noun.-The number of noun classes varies greatly from language to language.

For instance, Proto-Bantu. The Benue-Congo group includes the well-studied Bantu languages, which dominate the southern part of Sub-Saharan Africa and have had an es- and the largest gender systems in the world are found in the family.

Points of resemblance among This monograph is designed as a course book on the historical and comparative study of African languages. Volta-Niger Previous part-identity as ‘Eastern Kwa’ and ‘Western Benue-Congo’.

Proposal by present author to join Yoruboid et al. with Gbe. Benue-Congo If treated as the noun-class languages east and north of the Niger, a likely group, but no argument in print for its coherence.

Bendi is not Cross River. Bantoid Definitely not a group. Studies in African Linguistics Volume 39, Number 1, In his book on gender Corbett observes that establishing the number of genders or noun classes in a given language ‘can be the subject of interminable dispute’ ( ).

Jóola languages like Gújjolaay Eegimaa (bqj, Atlantic, Niger-Congo) have noun class systems exhibiting. Benue-Congo languages, the largest branch of the Niger-Congo language family, in terms of the number of speakers, the number of languages, and the wide geographic spread, stretching from the Benin-Nigeria border across Nigeria and Cameroon through central Africa to eastern Africa.

It includes all. At the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the historical processes underlying the development of complex morphologies, as manifested in noun-class systems and verbal morphologies still prevailing in various branches of Benue-Congo, were also interpreted as instances of language mixing within the framework of the so-called Hamitic theory.

Dec 12,  · This hints to a probably more complex former noun class system in Bezen that has been reduced either as part of the general tendency to decline of Benue-Congo noun class systems or as part of an overall, language-intern dismantling multinivel.top: Victoria Kempf.

Two characteristics of the Atlantic branch are the prevalence of noun class systems and the occurrence of full concord systems with many of the features described for the Bantu languages. In many Atlantic languages the initial consonant of the noun takes alternates according to the noun class prefix with which it.

Within Benue–Congo, and that Fula belonged to the West Atlantic languages. Just before these articles were collected in final book form (The Languages of Africa) inGlottolog () accepts the core with noun-class systems, the Atlantic–Congo languages, apart from the recent inclusion of some of the Kordofanian groups, but not.

the niger congo languages Download the niger congo languages or read online books in PDF, EPUB, Tuebl, and Mobi Format. Click Download or Read Online button to get the niger congo languages book now. This site is like a library, Use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want.

Benue-Congo synonyms, Benue-Congo pronunciation, Benue-Congo translation, English dictionary definition of Benue-Congo. A branch of the Niger-Congo language family in the Volta-Congo group.

Its eastern division contains the Bantu languages. n a branch of the Niger-Congo. Noun class concord systems are relatively well-preserved in these languages (though moreso in Mungbam than in Mundabli) compared to Grassfields languages further to the South. Sep 27,  · The significance of this work is that it suggests a possible idiosyncratic grammatical feature beyond noun class systems (and, possibly, verb extensions) that could be used to help more conclusively establish the relatedness of the proposed Niger-Congo sub-branches, even those, like Mande, where noun class systems are not attested.

Workshop 1: Nasal noun class prefixes in Bantu: Innovated or inherited. Convenors. Larry M. Hyman (University of California, Berkeley).

Gudrun Miehe (Universität Bayreuth). Description. The purpose of this workshop is to re-focus attention on a long-standing problem in Bantu and Niger-Congo (N-C) linguistics: Whereas Narrow Bantu languages have nasal consonants in the noun prefixes in classes.

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Lexical interferences in the Chadic/Benue-Congo border-area. Noun Class Systems in Gur Languages, vol. 1: Southwestern Gur Languages (without Gurunsi).Cited by: 1. Most of the most widely spoken indigenous languages of Subsaharan Africa belong to this group. A common property of many Niger-Congo languages is the use of a noun class system.

The most widely spoken Niger-Congo languages by native speaker are Yoruba, Igbo, Fula and Shona. Comparative Akedoid and West Benue-Congo. Ben Elugbe. University of Ibadan, NIGERIA.

For a long time, the received classification of Kwa and Benue-Congo was that of Greenberg in its noun class system. Secondly, AIKA’s agreement is purely phonologically determined whereas Oloma has grammatically-determined agreement.

For example, both. Typological research on agreement systems recognises syntactic and semantic agreement as the two main types of agreement, with the former considered to be more canonical.

An examination of different manifestations of semantic agreement found in the Gújjolaay Eegimaa1 noun class (non sex based gender) system is proposed in this paper from the perspective of Canonical Typology, and the findings. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries.

The book brings this range of material together in accessible form for anyone wishing to learn more about this challenging and fascinating field.

(source: Nielsen Book Data) Benue-Congo noun class systems [] Voorhoeve. Bantu languages are largely spoken southeast of Cameroon, throughout Central Africa, Southeast Africa and Southern Africa. About one sixth of the Bantu speakers, and about one third of Bantu languages, are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone (c.

60 million speakers as of ).Ethnicity: Bantu peoples. West Mrican languages exhibited noun-class features analogous to those classified as "Bantu first synthesized ira book fom in regaded Bantu ils merely a brmch of Benue-Congo, i.e.

the goup of lmguages 0f southem md eastern Nigeria. He says "the Bmtu lmguages are shply a subgroup of an dready established c Cited by: 2. What Bantu child speech data tells us about the controversial semantics of Bantu noun class systems.

Studies in African linguistics, v. Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale (MRAC). Neumann, Sabine; Storch, Anne. Locative class related affixes in some Benue-Congo languages. Reprinted as a book by Lincom Europa (Gramatica.

Subscribe. Subscribe to this blog. The Benue–Congo group of languages constitutes the largest branch of the Niger–Congo language family, both in terms of sheer number of languages, of which Ethnologue () countsand in terms of speakers, numbering perhaps million.

Within Niger–Congo, Benue–Congo is a branch of Atlantic–Congo, and perhaps also of Volta–Congo if that turns out to be a valid multinivel.topphic distribution: Subsaharan Africa. Within Benue–Congo, the place of origin of the Bantu languages as well as time at which it started to expand is known with great specificity.

Blench (), relying particularly on prior work by Kay Williamson and P. De Wolf, argued that Benue–Congo probably originated at the confluence of the Benue and Niger Rivers in central Nigeria. THE BENUE-CONGO LANGUAGES: A PROPOSED INTERNAL CLASSIFICATION WORKING DOCUMENT: NOT A DRAFT PAPER NOT TO BE QUOTED WITHOUT PERMISSION Roger Blench Mallam Dendo the virtue of clearly establishing the links between the class-prefixes in Bantu and those in other parts of West Africa.

When Greenberg () set out to revise African language. In this period a relation between Bantu and languages with Bantu-like (but less complete) noun class systems began to emerge. Some authors saw the latter as languages which had not yet completely evolved to full Bantu status, whereas others regarded them as languages which had partly lost original features still found in Bantu.

Benue-Congo definition: a branch of the Niger-Congo family of African languages, consisting of the Bantu | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples. Final Records of the Sambe Language of Central Nigeria: Phonology,Noun Morphology,and Wordlist Roger Blench Kay Williamson Educational Foundation This paper presents all the available data on the Sambe language [xab],formerly spoken in a remote area of Central multinivel.top field trips were made,in and ,and.

Niger–Congo Niger–Kordofanian (obsolete) Geographic distribution: Sub Saharan Africa Linguistic classification: one of the world s primary language families Subdivisions: Dogon. Gur, Kwa, Benue-Congo and Adamawa-Ubangian. A characteristic common to most Niger–Congo languag es is the use of a noun-class system.

According to the Britannia encyclopedia, “in a noun class system all nouns are marked by an affix; usually one affix signals a singular noun and another signals a plural form It is also. Oct 01,  · The noun class system of Proto-Benue-Congo. The Hague/Paris: Mouton. Google Scholar. Delplanque, Alain.

Que signifient les classes nominales. L’exemple du Mooré, langue Gur. Linguistique Africaine 5– Google Scholar. Demuth, Katherine. Bantu noun class systems: Loanword and acquisition evidence of semantic multinivel.top by: 1.

Niger–Congo languages are known for their system of noun classification, traces of which can be found in every branch of the family but Mande, Ijoid, Dogon, and the Katla and Rashad branches of multinivel.top noun-classification systems are somewhat analogous to grammatical gender in other languages, but there are often a fairly large number of classes (often 10 or more), and the classes.Mar 13,  · Map showing the distribution of Niger-Congo languages.

area is divided into B (Bantu) and A (rest) to show the extent of the Bantu multinivel.topges. area is divided into B (Bantu) and A (rest) to show the extent of the Bantu subfamily.noun class elements.

Welmers also observes languages like Efik (Benue-Congo, Nigeria) with five as base compared to Kpelle, Jukun, Igbo (Kwa, Nigeria) and Senari which operate various grades of numeral systems with five as base though not straightforwardly, with some of these languages showing features of being decimal and vigesimal inCited by: 1.