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A Grammar of Koyra Chiini : The Songhay of Timbuktu - Jeffrey Heath

A Grammar of Koyra Chiini

The Songhay of Timbuktu

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9783110162851
Number Of Pages: 467
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There are no restrictions as to language family or area, and although special attention is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and valuable treatments of better known languages are also included. No theoretical model is imposed on the authors; the only criterion is a high standard of scientific quality.

Abbreviationsp. xiii
Mapp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Generalities about Songhayp. 1
History and geographyp. 2
Format of grammarp. 5
Transcriptional conventionsp. 6
Literature reviewp. 8
Acknowledgementsp. 8
Overviewp. 11
Brief outline of typical sentence and NP structuresp. 11
Distinctive features of Koyra Chiinip. 15
Internal variation within Koyra Chiinip. 16
Phonologyp. 17
Consonantsp. 17
Oral vowelsp. 18
Diphthongsp. 18
Nasalized vowels and word-final nasal consonantsp. 21
Syllabificationp. 23
Consonantal assimilations and deletionsp. 29
Vocalic contraction, deletion, shortening, and lengtheningp. 31
Minor phonological alternationsp. 41
Prosodicsp. 48
Historical phonological notesp. 49
Nouns, pronouns, and nominal derivationp. 55
Personal pronounsp. 55
Demonstrativesp. 61
Nominalizationsp. 63
Morphology of adjectivesp. 71
Quantificational adjectivesp. 74
Nominal compoundsp. 77
Nominal inflection and NP syntaxp. 83
Overviewp. 83
Possessivesp. 84
Adjectivesp. 87
Numerals and other quantifiersp. 88
Demonstrative woop. 97
Definite dip. 98
Plural yop. 99
Markers of discourse statusp. 100
Adpositions and case-markingp. 103
Appositionp. 110
Instrumental, comitative, and conjoined NPsp. 112
Locational Phrases and Temporal Phrasesp. 122
Verbal voice and verb derivationp. 125
Subcategorization for objects and adpositional phrasesp. 125
Derived voice formsp. 133
Compoundsp. 138
Verb-stem reduplicationp. 141
VP structurep. 143
Types of predicatesp. 143
Mood-aspect-negation (MAN)p. 154
Imperativesp. 164
Discourse-functional constructions and relativizationp. 166
Focus constructionsp. 166
Questions and answersp. 174
Relative clause constructionsp. 186
Topic constructionsp. 206
Emphatics and similativesp. 216
Co-occurrence of major discourse-functional categoriesp. 237
Sentence-level syntax and semanticsp. 243
Object NPs and other postverbal constituentsp. 243
Adjectival intensifying interjectionsp. 249
Operators and scopep. 250
Overview of complement clause typesp. 262
Clause conjunction and indicative complement clausesp. 263
Subjunctive complementsp. 289
Infinitival VPs and serial verbsp. 304
Anaphora, logophorics, and reported speechp. 322
Reported speech and logophoric pronounsp. 322
Reflexives and reciprocalsp. 329
Generic and indefinite referencep. 345
Sloppy (partial) coreferentialityp. 350
Semantic topicsp. 353
Spatiotemporal structuresp. 353
Weather and ambient conditionp. 366
Perceptionp. 366
Emotion and personalityp. 367
Kinshipp. 368
Flora-faunap. 371
Body partsp. 373
Upriver dialectsp. 375
Djenne Chiinip. 380
Textp. 434
Referencesp. 443
Morpheme Indexp. 445
Subject Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9783110162851
ISBN-10: 3110162857
Series: Mouton Grammar Library
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 467
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.76  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.87