Topics in African Linguistics
Papers from the XXI Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Georgia, April 1990
The 16 papers in this volume are revised versions of papers presented at the conference; they represent the state of the art in various subfields of African linguistics into which the book is organized: (1) morphosyntax, (2) semantics, (3) phonology, and (4) language contact. The last part covers topics such as code-switching and mixing, pidginization/creolization, and language planning.The papers in <i>Part I: Morphosyntax</i> focus particularly on the verb and verb phrase in a variety of Niger-Congo languages, discussing several aspects of the verb morphology. The specific languages discussed include Kinande, Kilega, Kinyarwanda <i>(Larry Hyman)</i>, Kikongo-Kituba <i>(M. Ngalasso)</i>, Duala <i>(E. Bilao)</i>, Yoruba <i>(S.A. Lawal)</i>, Ewe <i>(A.S. Allen)</i>, and Gbaya 'Bodoe <i>(P. Roulon-Doko)</i>. The papers in <i>Part II: Semantics</i> discuss foundational questions regarding the proper/common noun distinction in two geographically very distant African languages, Gborbo Krahn <i>(Janet Bing)</i> in the west and Luo <i>(Ben G. Blount)</i> in the east, which follow yet very similar principles. And, despite differences in the titles, the papers on Kivunjo <i>(Lioba Moshi)</i> and Emai <i>(Schaefer and Egbokhare)</i> address the question of the semantic basis for assigning property concepts to different lexical categories. There are two papers in <i>Part III: Phonology</i>, which are mostly on the prosodic features of Chiyao <i>(Al Mtenje)</i> and Manding <i>(J. Tourville)</i>. In <i>Part IV: Language Contact, Eyamba Bokamba</i>'s and <i>C. Meyers-Scotton</i>'s papers discuss speech variation and mostly formal constraints associated with them, while <i>Helma Pasch</i> compares segmental features of Sango and Yakoma in the Central African Republic to determine whether the former is a creole. <i>Edmun Richmond</i> focuses on the choice of national official language in sub-Saharan Africa. Except for Pasch all of them cover several languages and geographical areas.