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The Bantu Languages



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Written by an international team of experts, this comprehensive volume presents grammatical analyses of individual Bantu languages, comparative studies of their main phonetic, phonological and grammatical characteristics and overview chapters on their history and classification. It is estimated that some 300 to 350 million people, or one in three Africans, are Bantu speakers. Van de Velde and Bostoen bring together their linguistic expertise to produce a volume that builds on Nurse and Philippson's first edition. The Bantu Languages, 2nd edition is divided into two parts; part one contains 11 comparative chapters, and Part 2 provides grammar sketches of 12 individual Bantu languages, some of which were previously undescribed. The grammar sketches follow a general template that allows for easy comparison. Thoroughly revised and updated to include more language descriptions and the latest comparative insights. New to this edition: * new chapters on syntax, tone, reconstruction and language contact * twelve new sketch grammars* thoroughly updated chapters on phonetics, aspect-tense-mood and classification * exhaustive catalogue of known languages with essential references This unique resource remains the ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Bantu linguistics and languages. It will be of interest to researchers and anyone with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic typology and grammatical analysis.

Author Biography

Mark Van de Velde is a researcher at LLACAN (CNRS-INaLCO) in Paris, of which he has been the director since 2015. He works on the grammatical analysis and documentation of the north-western Bantu languages and the languages of the Benue valley in Nigeria, especially those currently classified as Adamawa. He is also interested in linguistic typology and in the comparative study and reconstruction of Bantu grammar, particularly in the domain of the noun phrase. Koen Bostoen is Professor of African Linguistics and Swahili at Ghent University. His research focuses on Bantu languages and interdisciplinary approaches to the African past. He obtained an ERC Starting Grant for the KongoKing project (2012-2016) and an ERC Consolidator's Grant for the BantuFirst project (2018-2022). Apart from several research articles, he is the author of Des mots et des pots en bantou: une approche linguistique de l'histoire de la ceramique en Afrique (2005) and co-editor of Studies in African Comparative Linguistics, with Special Focus on Bantu and Mande (2005), The Kongo Kingdom: Origins, Dynamics and Cosmopolitan Culture of an African Polity (2018) and Une archeologie des provinces septentrionales du royaume Kongo (2018). Derek Nurse edited the first edition of The Bantu Languages and has worked on historical linguistics, language contact, phonological change, Bantu and (East) African languages, Swahili, ethnolinguistics; interface of linguistics, archaeology, and history, tense/aspect systems in Bantu, LADO. Gerard Philippson edited the first edition of The Bantu Languages and is emeritus Professor of Bantu Languages at Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Paris) and member of Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (Lyon). He has worked mostly on East African Bantu Languages, Bantu comparative tonology and diachronic phonology as well as culture history.
Release date Australia
February 12th, 2019
Edited by Koen Bostoen Edited by Mark Van de Velde
2nd New edition
20 Line drawings, black and white; 15 Halftones, black and white; 330 Tables, black and white
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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