Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang GmbH, 2014.
Book — 350 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Introduction: background to the study
Description of dialects
Morpho-phonological comparison of the dialects
A typology of dialect transitions
Summary, conclusion and recommendation.
This study is an investigation into the comparative phonology and lexicon of six barely-known Bantu varieties spoken in Kenya. These varieties (Imenti, Igoji, Tharaka, Mwimbi, Muthambi and Chuka) belong to the so-called Meru group. The study develops a new classification of these six dialects. Therefore, a dialectological approach is used, which includes the analysis of wordlists and lists of short phrases elicited in the field. From the data, isoglosses and similarities concerning morpho-phonological processes are drawn. The results show in which respects the dialects differ from each other. Thus, the present work contributes to comparative Bantu linguistics. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9783631603765 20160618
Contents: Yinchia language - Languages of Myanmar (Burma) - Tone language - Language documentation - Language description - Integrational Linguistics - Linguistic structuralism.
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This study, based on extensive and pioneering fieldwork done by the author between 1999 and 2002, provides a first account of Yinchia, a hitherto undescribed language in the southern Shan State of Myanmar (Burma). Using data collected from native Yinchia speakers in the Nam-San community, the author presents a comprehensive analysis of Yinchia phonetics and phonology (including tonology) in a framework that is essentially structuralist. Chapters on morphology and syntax remain more sketchy and tentative but discuss important issues such as the tense and aspect system of Yinchia as well as questions of word structure and the identification of phonological words, using mainly Integrational Linguistics as a theoretical background. Moreover, the author develops an orthography for Yinchia which so far has no writing system. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9783631584989 20180530