Posted by useibert on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Posted by useibert on Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Permanent Committee of Mega-Chad has issued a public statement denouncing the violent activities of Boko Haram. The statement, with accompanying comments, can be found on the Méga-Tchad Blog.
Posted by useibert on Saturday, April 5, 2014
In the past, the printed version of Chadic Newsletter (which was discontinued in 1998) contained a section “New publications”. This section contained references to all the books and articles related to Chadic languages the editor was aware of. In the present form of Chadic Newsletter Online, where news is spread in form of blog posts, this information could be spread much faster. The problem is: We are not always aware of everything that is published in our field. That is why we need your help!
Please don’t hesitate to send us details about your research, conference papers, publications, word lists, recordings, reviews, websites or anything else on Chadic you find interesting and want to share. On our contact page you can find more details about how to reach us.
More bibliographic references related to Chadic languages can be found in the collections of the Mega-Chad Association and also in Paul Newman’s Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics.
Posted by useibert on Thursday, April 3, 2014
A new volume (in French) on Mubi has been published at Reimer Verlag:
Herrmann Jungraithmayr. La langue mubi (République du Tchad). Précis de Grammaire – Textes – Lexique (Sprache und Oralität in Afrika, Volume 27). 226 p. + 1 Ill.; 17 × 24 cm, ISBN 978-3-496-02852-9, Price: 69,00 € [D] | 88,80 SFR [CH]
The book comprises a sketch of the grammar (80 pages), a text collection (50 pages) and a lexicon (60 pages).
The following short description can be found at the website of Reimer Verlag:
“Le mubi (moubi) ou Monjul est une langue tchadique parlée par environ 35000 locuteurs dans l’est de la République Tchad. Il s’agit d’un membre particulièrement innovateur de la famille tchadique et qui représente la branche tchadique la plus éloignée du sud-ouest du phylum hamito-sémitique. Parmi ses traits caractéristiques, il y a l’apophonie allant dans le lexique et la morphologie, surtout dans la formation du système aspectuel binaire. En ce qui concerne le lexique, l’influence de l’arabe est forte. Ceci n’est pas surprenant dans le sens où l’islam et les dialectes arabes jouent un grand rôle dans la société mubi. Cependant, cette expansion de l’arabe pourrait mettre en danger les langues locales.”
A table of contents can also be downloaded at the website of Reimer Verlag.
Posted by useibert on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Topics in Chadic Linguistics VII has appeared as volume 8 of the publication series Chadic Linguistics · Linguistique Tchadique · Tschadistik at Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. The volume was edited by Henry Tourneux and contains papers from the 6th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, which took place in Villejuif in September 22-23, 2011.
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by useibert on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The 7th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) is about to start. It will take place this week (September 12-14, 2013) and will be hosted at the Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI), University of Hamburg, Germany.
Have a look at the programme (PDF file).
Posted by useibert on Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Permanent Committee of the International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages* is pleased to announce that the 7th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) will be hosted at the Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI), University of Hamburg, Germany from September 12 to September 14, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by useibert on Thursday, May 30, 2013
The latest edition of Paul Newman‘s Chadic-Hausa Bibliography (2013) is now up and available for open use at the IU [Indiana University] ScholarWorks repository. The url is: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/16600. This Version02 is a corrected and expanded version of the bibliography that was posted early in 2012 on the DEVA site at the University of Bayreuth.
The Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics (OBCHL) is an updated, expanded, and corrected edition of the bibliography published some fifteen years ago by Rüdiger Köppe Verlag (Newman 1996). That bibliography was built on valuable earlier works including Hair (1967), Newman (1971), Baldi (1977), R. M. Newman (1979), Awde (1988), and Barreteau (1993). The ensuing years have witnessed an outpouring of new publications on Chadic and Hausa, written by scholars from around the globe, thereby creating the need for a new, up-to-date bibliography.
Posted by useibert on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The editors of the Journal of West African Languages (JWAL) have continued putting PDF versions of past articles on their web site. All articles published before 2002 are now available for free download at http://journalofwestafricanlanguages.org. Check out what is online for Chadic including Hausa.
Posted by useibert on Thursday, March 28, 2013
Abstract: Due to the pioneering works of Lukas, Greenberg, Newman & Ma, and Hoffmann, beginning some 75 years ago, the basic classificatory framework for Chadic languages is now well established. The present paper provides a conservative, trustworthy classification of the Chadic family as we now know it drawing on the latest knowledge available. The structure is that of a family with four major branches (I. West, II. Biu-Mandara, III. East, and IV. Masa), subclassified further into sub-branches, groups, and subgroups.
The classification itself is accompanied by a name index that permits the user to determine quickly the classificatory status of any language. Because of the vagaries of nomenclature covering long periods of time and reflecting linguistic, scholarly, and administrative traditions extending over large areas and multiple countries, more than 400 names have been found that refer to the 170 or so Chadic languages that we know of. The index thus also functions as a guide through the maze of confusing names by linking alternative names to the primary terms of reference adopted in the classification.
The author welcomes comments, corrections, and additions. You can also address email to pnxxpn at indiana.edu.