By Jean-Marie Hombert, Larry M. Hyman
This assortment brings jointly many of the world's best Bantuists, in addition to essentially the most promising more youthful students drawn to the historical past, comparability, and outline of Bantu languages. The Bantu languages, numbering as many as 500, were on the heart of state of the art theoretical learn in phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. in addition to the problems of category and inner sub-grouping, this quantity treats old and comparative facets of a number of the major typological gains for which this language crew is understood: vowel peak concord, noun sessions, intricate tense-aspect structures, and so on. the result's a compilation that gives the main up to date figuring out of those and different matters that might be of curiosity not just to Bantuists and historic linguists, but in addition to these drawn to the phonological, morphological and semantic matters bobbing up inside those hugely agglutinative Bantu languages.
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A distinction is made between major and minor innovations. At the lower level, smaller, tighter, groups emerge that in general are not controversial (Part 1). Working out the likely historical relationship between them is harder. The picture that emerges does not lend itself well to representation via tree diagrams. Two of the three major innovations (Bantu Spirantization, Dahl's Law) and many of the minor ones have affected only or mainly languages outside the rainforest and are therefore assumed to have occurred outside and after the rainforest period.
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Bantu Historical Linguistics: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives by Jean-Marie Hombert, Larry M. Hyman