A Grammar of Goemai

A Grammar of Goemai

This is the first description of Goemai, a West Chadic language of Nigeria. Goemai is spoken in a language contact area, and this contact has shaped Goemai grammar to the extent that it can be considered a fairly untypical Chadic language.

Author: Birgit Hellwig

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110238297

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This is the first description of Goemai, a West Chadic language of Nigeria. Goemai is spoken in a language contact area, and this contact has shaped Goemai grammar to the extent that it can be considered a fairly untypical Chadic language. The grammar presents the structure of the present-day language, relates it to its diachronic sources, and adds a semantic perspective to the description.
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A Grammar of Mbembe

A Grammar of Mbembe

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter. Hopper, Paul J. & Sandra A. Thompson. 1980. Transitivity in Grammar and Discourse.

Author: Doris Richter

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004283961

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

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This book is a description of the present-day structures and diachronic developments of a so far little studied Jukunoid language spoken in the borderland of Nigeria and Cameroon.
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Demonstratives in Cross Linguistic Perspective

Demonstratives in Cross Linguistic Perspective

A grammar of Goemai. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Levinson, S. C., Kita, S. & Özyürek, A. (2001). Demonstratives in context: Comparative handicrafts.

Author: Stephen Levinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108341370

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Demonstratives play a crucial role in the acquisition and use of language. Bringing together a team of leading scholars this detailed study, a first of its kind, explores meaning and use across fifteen typologically and geographically unrelated languages to find out what cross-linguistic comparisons and generalizations can be made, and how this might challenge current theory in linguistics, psychology, anthropology and philosophy. Using a shared experimental task, rounded out with studies of natural language use, specialists in each of the languages undertook extensive fieldwork for this comparative study of semantics and usage. An introduction summarizes the shared patterns and divergences in meaning and use that emerge.
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Catching Language

Catching Language

The Standing Challenge of Grammar Writing Felix K. Ameka, Alan Charles Dench, Nicholas Evans ... 1942 A grammar of the Goemai language.

Author: Felix K. Ameka

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110186031

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 662

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Despite a recent surge of awareness of the need to document little-known languages, there is no book that focusses on the manifold issues that face the author of a descriptive grammar. This volume brings together contributors who approach the problem from a range of angles.Most have written descriptive grammars themselves, but others represent different types of reader. Among the topics they address are: overall issues of grammar design, the complementary roles of outsider and native speaker grammarians, the balance between grammar and lexicon, cross-linguistic comparability, the role of explanation in grammatical description, the interplay of theory and a range of fieldwork methods in language description, the challenges of describing languages in their cultural and historical context, and the tensions between linguistic particularity, established practice of particular schools of linguistic description and the need for a universally commensurable analytic framework.
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How Languages Work

How Languages Work

A description of the Goemai language: a resource for more detailed information on the phenomena discussed in this language profile. ... A grammar of Goemai.

Author: Carol Genetti

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108600637

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Language is a sophisticated tool which we use to communicate in a multitude of ways. Updated and expanded in its second edition, this book introduces language and linguistics - presenting language in all its amazing complexity while systematically guiding you through the basics. The reader will emerge with an appreciation of the diversity of the world's languages, as well as a deeper understanding of the structure of human language, the ways it is used, and its broader social and cultural context. Part I is devoted to the nuts and bolts of language study - speech sounds, sound patterns, sentence structure, and meaning - and includes chapters dedicated to the functional aspects of language: discourse, prosody, pragmatics, and language contact. The fourteen language profiles included in Part II reveal the world's linguistic variety while expanding on the similarities and differences between languages. Using knowledge gained from Part I, the reader can explore how language functions when speakers use it in daily interaction. With a step-by-step approach that is reinforced with well-chosen illustrations, case studies, and study questions, readers will gain understanding and analytical skills that will only enrich their ongoing study of language and linguistics.
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Indirect Reports and Pragmatics in the World Languages

Indirect Reports and Pragmatics in the World Languages

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Mailbert, Il-Il and Martine Vanhove. 2015. Quotative constructions and prosody in some Afroasiatic ...

Author: Alessandro Capone

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319787718

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 453

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This volume addresses the intriguing issue of indirect reports from an interdisciplinary perspective. The contributors include philosophers, theoretical linguists, socio-pragmaticians, and cognitive scientists. The book is divided into four sections following the provenance of the authors. Combining the voices from leading and emerging authors in the field, it offers a detailed picture of indirect reports in the world’s languages and their significance for theoretical linguistics. Building on the previous book on indirect reports in this series, this volume adds an empirical and cross-linguistic approach that covers an impressive range of languages, such as Cantonese, Japanese, Hebrew, Persian, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Armenian, Italian, English, Hungarian, German, Rumanian, and Basque.
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Language at Large

Language at Large

A grammar of Goemai (a West Chadic language of Nigeria). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Hercus, L. A. 1982. The Bāgandji language. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics ...

Author: Alexandra Aikhenvald

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004207684

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 630

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The volume brings together important essays on syntax and semantics by Aikhenvald and Dixon. It focusses on topics in linguistic typology, the analysis of previously undescribed languages and issues in the grammar and lexicography of English.
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Serial Verbs

Serial Verbs

'Serial verb constructions in Goemai', pp. 88–107 of Aikhenvald and Dixon (eds.). Hellwig, Birgit. 2011. A grammar of Goemai. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Author: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Publisher: Oxford Studies in Typology and

ISBN: 9780198791263

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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This book provides an in-depth typological account of the forms, functions, and histories of serial verb constructions. Serial verbs, in which several verbs combine to form a single predicate, describe what is conceptualized as a single event. The verbs in the construction have the same tense, aspect, mood, modality, and evidentiality values, cannot be negated or questioned separately, and usually share the same subject and object. They are a powerful means of portraying various facets of one event, and can express grammatical meanings such as aspect, direction, and causation, particularly in languages where few other means are available. In this volume, Alexandra Aikhenvald seeks to answer unresolved questions such as: What are the parameters of variation in serial verbs? How do serial verbs differ from other, superficially similar multi-verb constructions? How do serial verbs emerge, and what happens to them over time? What role do they play in the representation of event structure? The book uses an inductively-based framework for the analysis and draws on data from languages with different typological profiles and genetic affiliations. It will be of interest to researchers and students from a wide range of fields of linguistics, especially typology, anthropological linguistics, and language contact.
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The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality

The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Hengeveld, Kees. 1989. 'Layers and operators in functional grammar,' Journal of Linguistics 25: 127–57.

Author: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191077401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 720

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This volume offers a thorough, systematic, and crosslinguistic account of evidentiality, the linguistic encoding of the source of information on which a statement is based. In some languages, the speaker always has to specify this source - for example whether they saw the event, heard it, inferred it based on visual evidence or common sense, or was told about it by someone else. While not all languages have obligatory marking of this type, every language has ways of referring to information source and associated epistemological meanings. The continuum of epistemological expressions covers a range of devices from the lexical means in familiar European languages and in many languages of Aboriginal Australia to the highly grammaticalized systems in Amazonia or North America. In this handbook, experts from a variety of fields explore topics such as the relationship between evidentials and epistemic modality, contact-induced changes in evidential systems, the acquisition of evidentials, and formal semantic theories of evidentiality. The book also contains detailed case studies of evidentiality in language families across the world, including Algonquian, Korean, Nakh-Dagestanian, Nambikwara, Turkic, Uralic, and Uto-Aztecan.
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The Semantics of Clause Linking

The Semantics of Clause Linking

A grammar ofMupun. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer. Hellwig, Birgit. 2006a. 'Serial verb constructions in Goemai', pp. 88–107 of Serial verb constructions: a ...

Author: R. M. W. Dixon

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191609954

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

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This book is a cross-linguistic examination of the different grammatical means languages employ to represent a general set of semantic relations between clauses. The investigations focus on ways of combining clauses other than through relative and complement clause constructions. These span a number of types of semantic linking. Three, for example, describe varieties of consequence - cause, result, and purpose - which may be illustrated in English by, respectively: Because John has been studying German for years, he speaks it well; John has been studying German for years, thus he speaks it well; and John has been studying German for years, in order that he should speak it well. Syntactic descriptions of languages provide a grammatical analysis of clause types. The chapters in this book add the further dimension of semantics, generally in the form of focal and supporting clauses, the former referring to the central activity or state of the biclausal linking; and the latter to the clause attached to it. The supporting clause may set out the temporal milieu for the focal clause or specify a condition or presupposition for it or a preliminary statement of it, as in Although John has been studying German for years (the supporting clause), he does not speak it well (the focal clause). Professor Dixon's extensive opening discussion is followed by fourteen case studies of languages ranging from Korean and Kham to Iquito and Ojibwe. The book's concluding synthesis is provided by Professor Aikhenvald.
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The Languages and Linguistics of Africa

The Languages and Linguistics of Africa

A grammar of Goemai. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Herbert, Robert K. 1986. Language universals, markedness theory, and natural phonetic processes.

Author: Tom Güldemann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110421750

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1032

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This innovative handbook takes a fresh look at the currently underestimated linguistic diversity of Africa, the continent with the largest number of languages in the world. It covers the major domains of linguistics, offering both a representative picture of Africa’s linguistic landscape as well as new and at times unconventional perspectives. The focus is not so much on exhaustiveness as on the fruitful relationship between African and general linguistics and the contributions the two domains can make to each other. This volume is thus intended for readers with a specific interest in African languages and also for students and scholars within the greater discipline of linguistics.
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Historical Linguistics 2015

Historical Linguistics 2015

A grammar of Lezgian. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110884210 Hellwig, Birgit. 2011. A grammar of Goemai.

Author: Michela Cennamo

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027262455

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 639

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The collection of articles presented in this volume addresses a number of general theoretical, methodological and empirical issues in the field of Historical Linguistics, in different levels of analysis and on different themes: (i) phonology, (ii) morphology, (iii) morphosyntax, (iv) syntax, (v) diachronic typology, (vi) semantics and pragmatics, and (vii) language contact, variation and diffusion. The topics discussed, often in a comparative perspective, feature a variety of languages and language families and cover a wide range of research areas. Novel analyses and often new diachronic data — also from less known and under-investigated languages — are provided to the debate on the principles, mechanisms, paths and models of language change, as well as the relationship between synchronic variation and diachrony. The volume is of interest to scholars of different persuasions working on all aspects of language change.
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The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology

The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. Henderson, J. (2003). The wordin Eastern/Central Arrernte. In R.M.W. Dixon and A.Y. Aikhenvald (eds), ...

Author: Rochelle Lieber

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191651779

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 768

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The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology is intended as a companion volume to The Oxford Handbook of Compounding (OUP 2009) Written by distinguished scholars, its 41 chapters aim to provide a comprehensive and thorough overview of the study of derivational morphology. The handbook begins with an overview and a consideration of definitional matters, distinguishing derivation from inflection on the one hand and compounding on the other. From a formal perspective, the handbook treats affixation (prefixation, suffixation, infixation, circumfixation, etc.), conversion, reduplication, root and pattern and other templatic processes, as well as prosodic and subtractive means of forming new words. From a semantic perspective, it looks at the processes that form various types of adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs, as well as evaluatives and the rarer processes that form function words. The book also surveys derivation in fifteen language families that are widely dispersed in terms of both geographical location and typological characteristics.
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The Oxford Handbook of Language Contact

The Oxford Handbook of Language Contact

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin; Boston: Mouton de Gruyter. Hellwig, Birgit. 2012. Lexicalization of property concepts: Evidence for language contact on the ...

Author: Anthony P. Grant

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199945108

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 864

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Every language has been influenced in some way by other languages. In many cases, this influence is reflected in words which have been absorbed from other languages as the names for newer items or ideas, such as perestroika, manga, or intifada (from Russian, Japanese, and Arabic respectively). In other cases, the influence of other languages goes deeper, and includes the addition of new sounds, grammatical forms, and idioms to the pre-existing language. For example, English's structure has been shaped in such a way by the effects of Norse, French, Latin, and Celtic--though English is not alone in its openness to these influences. Any features can potentially be transferred from one language to another if the sociolinguistic and structural circumstances allow for it. Further, new languages--pidgins, creoles, and mixed languages--can come into being as the result of language contact. In thirty-three chapters, The Oxford Handbook of Language Contact examines the various forms of contact-induced linguistic change and the levels of language which have provided instances of these influences. In addition, it provides accounts of how language contact has affected some twenty languages, spoken and signed, from all parts of the world. Chapters are written by experts and native-speakers from years of research and fieldwork. Ultimately, this Handbook provides an authoritative account of the possibilities and products of contact-induced linguistic change.
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The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody

The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody

A Grammar of Goemai ( Mouton Grammar Library 51 ) . Berlin : Mouton de Gruyter . Helm - Estabrooks , N. , and M. L. Albert ( 1991 ) .

Author: Carlos Gussenhoven

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192568205

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 880

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This handbook presents detailed accounts of current research in all aspects of language prosody, written by leading experts from different disciplines. The last four decades have seen major theoretical and empirical breakthroughs in the field, many of them informed by interdisciplinary approaches, as reflected in this volume. Following an introductory section covering the fundamentals of language prosody research, Parts II and III trace out the position of prosody in linguistic structure and explore prosody in speech perception and production. Part IV provides overviews of prosodic systems across the world, with case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The chapters in Parts V, VI, and VII investigate prosody in communication, in language processing, and in language acquisition, while Part VIII examines prosody in technology and the arts. The volume's comprehensive coverage and multidisciplinary perspectives will make it an invaluable resource for all researchers, students, and practitioners interested in prosody.
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A History of African Linguistics

A History of African Linguistics

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Helmlinger, P. 1972. Dictionnaire duala–français suivi d'un lexique français–duala.

Author: H. Ekkehard Wolff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108417976

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 370

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The first global history of African linguistics as an emerging autonomous academic discipline, covering Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Mouth Actions in Sign Languages

Mouth Actions in Sign Languages

A Grammar of Goemai. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Hellwig, Birgit. 2010. Meaning and translation in linguistic fieldwork. In: Studies in Language 34(4), ...

Author: Susanne Mohr

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781614514978

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 249

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Mouth actions in sign languages have been controversially discussed but the sociolinguistic factors determining their form and functions remain uncertain. This first empirical analysis of mouth actions in Irish Sign Language focuses on correlations with gender, age, and word class. It contributes to the linguistic description of ISL, research into non-manuals in sign languages, and is relevant for the cross-modal study of word classes.
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Possession and Ownership

Possession and Ownership

A grammar of Goemai. Berlin: Mouton. Meek, C. K. 1931. A Sudanese kingdom. London: Kegan Paul. Meinhof, Carl. 1948. Grundzüge einer vergleichenden Grammatik ...

Author: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191635670

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 342

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Possession and Ownership brings together linguists and anthropologists in a series of cross-linguistic explorations of expressions used to denote possession and ownership, concepts central to most if not all the varied cultures and ideologies of humankind. Possessive noun phrases can be broadly divided into three categories - ownership of property, whole-part relations (such as body and plant parts), and blood and affinal kinship relations. As Professor Aikhenvald shows in her extensive opening essay, the same possessive noun or pronoun phrase is used in English and in many other Indo-European languages to express possession of all three kinds - as in 'Ann and her husband Henry live in the castle Henry's father built with his own hands' - but that this is by no means the case in all languages. In some, for example, the grammar expresses the inalienability of consanguineal kinship and sometimes also of treasured or sacred objects. Furthermore the degree to which possession and ownership are conceived as the same (when possession is 100% of the law) differs from one society to another, and this may be reflected in their linguistic expression. Like others in the series this pioneering book will be welcomed equally by linguists and anthropologists.
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Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics Buea 17 21 August 2012

Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics  Buea  17 21 August 2012

Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp. 93-124 Frajzyngier, Z. E. J. (2005). A grammar of Mina. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Hellwig, B. (2011). A grammar of Goemai.

Author: Atindogbe, Gratien G.

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG

ISBN: 9789956764501

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 542

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This book is a composite of 40 purely scientific and peer-reviewed papers presented during the Seventh World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL7) at the University of Buea, Cameroon, in 2012. The different chapters of the volume fall within the scope of African languages in relation to linguistics and other related disciplines, where a varied range of theoretical examinations, investigations and/or discussions as well as pure description of aspects of language are offered. For the purpose of clarity and easy accessibility of the content, the chapters are further subcategorized into nine sections, which include: Borrowing, Discourse Analysis, Historical Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Language Documentation, Language in Education, Morpho-syntax, Phonetics and Phonology, and Sociolinguistics
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Egyptian and Semito Hamitic Afro Asiatic Studies

Egyptian and Semito Hamitic  Afro Asiatic  Studies

1942 A grammar of the Goemai language , unpublished manuscript . • 1946 An English - Goemai dictionary , unpublished manuscript .

Author: Werner Vycichl

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004132457

Category: Social Science

Page: 571

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This collection of papers comprises almost all major areas of interest of Werner Vycichl: Egyptology and Coptology, Semitic linguistics, Beja (Northern Cushitic), Chadic, and general Semito-Hamitic (Afro-Asiatic) comparative linguistics.
Categories: Social Science