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BICCL 2017 – Programme now online

Posted by useibert on Monday, August 7, 2017

The 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) will take place in Villejuif (France), September 7-8, 2017. This colloquium will be devoted to all aspects of Chadic languages and linguistics, in particular:

  • Descriptive linguistics of individual Chadic languages
  • Comparative linguistics of Chadic languages
  • Typology of Chadic languages
  • Hausa linguistics
  • The position of Chadic within Afroasiatic
  • Chadic languages in contact with non-Chadic languages
  • Oral literature in Chadic languages.

The preliminary programme of the conference is now available here.

This Ninth Colloquium continues the series of Leipzig (2001 / 2009), Prague (2003), Villejuif/Paris (2005 / 2011), Bayreuth (2007 / 2014), Hamburg (2013), taking up two discontinued traditions (the series of Leiden 1976, Hamburg 1981, Boulder 1987) and the Franco-German meetings in Paris (Groupe d’Etudes tchadiques, 1980 – 1997).

 

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R.G. Schuh (posthumously): A Chadic Cornucopia

Posted by useibert on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Cover design by Roxana Ma Newman

Russell Schuh‘s large-scale, 600 page comprehensive study of comparative Chadic, which he was working on at the time of his death, has just been published as an eBook by the California Digital Library, under the title “A Chadic Cornucopia“.

In accordance with Russell Schuh’s wishes, this work – which was edited by Paul Newman –  is open access and open use. It can be read and downloaded under http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2vp9h0g1

Here is some info on the content, found at the website of the ePublisher:

This book is a comprehensive, comparative/historical study of Chadic, a family of some 150 languages, the largest and best known of which is Hausa, spoken in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. The book contains overviews of the entire family, proposals for Proto-Chadic reconstruction, and detailed sketches of four representative languages belonging to the major branches of the family, namely Hausa, Ngamo, Gude, and Kera. Phonological topics covered include consonant inventories, especially prenasals, glottalic consonants, and lateral fricatives, vowel inventories, with focus on vowel length and palatal prosodies, and tone, including downstep and consonant-tone interaction. Morphological topics include pluralization, both verbal ( = “pluractional”) and nominal, and verbal extensions or their functional equivalents, including causative, ventive, partitive, and intransitive copy pronouns. Grammatical topics treated are grammatical gender, genitives and determiners, pronominal systems, verb valence, tense-aspect-mood (TAM) including imperative formation, subject-verb agreement, and basic word order. Russell Schuh (1941–2016), the author of the book, was Distinguished Professor of Linguistics as UCLA. The volume was edited and prepared for publication by Paul Newman, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University.

 

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BICCL 2017 – 2nd Announcement

Posted by useibert on Sunday, January 22, 2017

The 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) will take place in Villejuif (France), September 7-8, 2017. This Colloquium will be devoted to all aspects of Chadic languages and linguistics, in particular:

  • Descriptive linguistics of individual Chadic languages
  • Comparative linguistics of Chadic languages
  • Typology of Chadic languages
  • Hausa linguistics
  • The position of Chadic within Afroasiatic
  • Chadic languages in contact with non-Chadic languages
  • Oral literature in Chadic languages.

Registrations should be addressed exclusively by e-mail to:
biccl_2017@orange.fr ; Subject : BICCL 2017

The following information is required for registration:

  • Name and address (preferably e-mail AND snail mail)
  • Professional affiliation
  • Title of paper and abstract (1 page)

Deadline for submitting title and abstract: May 31, 2017.

The purpose of this second announcement is to allow you to search for funding, for LLACAN will not be able to provide any financial support for the participants.

A third one will be delivered in May, with accommodation and visa details.

There is also a web page at the following address: http://llacan.vjf.cnrs.fr/biccl/

You may consult this web page to see the tables of contents of our previous BICCL meetings proceedings.

This Ninth Colloquium continues the series of Leipzig (2001 / 2009), Prague (2003), Villejuif/Paris (2005 / 2011), Bayreuth (2007 / 2014), Hamburg (2013), taking up two discontinued traditions (the series of Leiden 1976, Hamburg 1981, Boulder 1987) and the Franco-German meetings in Paris (Groupe d’Etudes tchadiques, 1980 – 1997).

The “Permanent Committee of the International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages” is presently represented by:

  • Dymitr Ibriszimow (Lehrstuhl Afrikanistik II, Bayreuth U.),
  • Henry Tourneux (LLACAN – CNRS / INALCO – Villejuif and IRAD Maroua, Cameroon),
  • Ekkehard Wolff (Professor & Chair emeritus African Linguistics, Leipzig U., Institut für Afrikanistik).

Local organizing committee:

  • Henry Tourneux
  • Yvonne Treis
  • Jeanne Zerner

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Russell G. Schuh 1941–2016

Posted by useibert on Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Russell G. Schuh presenting a paper at the 7th BICCL 2013 (Photo: Bernard Caron)

It is with great sadness that we report the death on November 8, 2016 of Russ Schuh, our esteemed colleague and valued friend. An obituary with list of publications will be posted at a later date. In the meantime, one may visit the special web site that UCLA has put up in Russ’s honor:  www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/schuh/RememberingRuss

Paul & Roxana Newman

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Next meetings of GLECS

Posted by useibert on Sunday, November 13, 2016

The “Groupe Linguistique d’Études Chamito-Sémitiques” (GLECS) invites to its next meeting which will take place on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales  (INALCO) in Paris. The next meetings will be on December 15th,  January 26th, February 23rd, March 30th, April 27th, May 18th and June 20th.

Réunion du G L E C S
(Groupe Linguistique d’Études Chamito-Sémitiques)
jeudi 24 novembre 2016, à 17 h 00

Salons de l’INALCO,
2 rue de Lille, Paris 7e, escalier C, 2e étage

1) Présentation d’ouvrages et informations diverses
2) Communication de Monsieur Zygmunt FRAJZYNGIER :Reconstruction des relations entre prédicat verbal et syntagmes nominaux en Proto-tchadique

N.B. Si vous :- souhaitez faire une communication
– n’avez pas encore remis le texte d’une communication à paraître
– souhaitez acquitter votre cotisation 2016-2017 (25 €)

Vous pouvez le faire auprès de :
Jérôme Lentin. 9, rue des Trois frères Carasso. 13004 Marseille. Tél. 06 71 00 74 79
ou Antoine Lonnet. 8, rue de l’Abbé-de-l’Épée. 75005 Paris. Tél. 01 43 29 61 19

Dates des réunions de l’année 2016-2017:
15 Décembre 2016, 26 Janvier 2017, 23 Février 2017, 30 Mars 2017, 27 Avril 2017, 18 mai 2017, 29 Juin 2017.

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BICCL 9 – Call for Papers

Posted by useibert on Sunday, October 16, 2016

The “Permanent  Committee  of  the  International  Colloquium  on  the  Chadic  Languages” is pleased to invite you to the 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) which will take place in Villejuif, France  in September 7-8 2017.

This Colloquium will be devoted to all aspects of Chadic languages and linguistics, in particular:

– Descriptive linguistics of individual Chadic languages
– Comparative linguistics of Chadic languages
– Typology of Chadic languages
– Hausa linguistics
– The position of Chadic within Afroasiatic
– Chadic languages in contact with non-Chadic languages
– Oral literature in Chadic languages.

Registration for the Villejuif meeting should contain:

Name and address (preferably e-mail AND snail mail)
Professional affiliation
Title of paper and abstract (1 page)

The purpose of this early announcement is to allow you to search for funding, for LLACAN will not be able to provide any financial support for the participants.

Registrations should be addressed exclusively by e-mail to:
biccl_2017@orange.fr ; Subject : BICCL 2017

Deadline for submitting title and abstract: May 31, 2017.
Further details will be found in a second circular.

Feel free to share this information with interested colleagues and students.

The “Permanent Committee of the International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages” is presently represented by Dymitr Ibriszimow (Lehrstuhl Afrikanistik II, University of Bayreuth), Henry Tourneux (LLACAN – CNRS / INALCO – Villejuif and IRAD Maroua, Cameroon), and Ekkehard Wolff (Professor & Chair emeritus African Linguistics, University of Leipzig, Institut für Afrikanistik).

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New publications in Central Chadic

Posted by useibert on Friday, July 29, 2016

Two important publications in Central Chadic have appeared at Rüdiger Köppe Verlag:

Follow the above links to find out more about these publications.

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New publication on Ngas

Posted by useibert on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Book cover: Reimer

A new publication (in English) on Ngas has just appeared at Reimer Verlag: Herrmann Jungraithmayr und Miroslava Holubová: The Ngas Language (Shik Ngas). Fundamentals of Grammar • Texts • Dictionary (Sprache und Oralität in Afrika, Vol. 28), 280 pp., 30 col. ill. and 1 b+w ill., 17 x 24 cm, hard cover, ISBN 978-3-496-01555-0, Price: 79,00 €.

The book presents a detailed outline of the grammar and a Ngas-English dictionary of some 2.000 lexical entries.

More info on the book can be found on the publisher’s website.

 

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Publications by Herrmann Jungraithmayr

Posted by useibert on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Our dear colleague, Prof. em. Dr. Herrmann Jungraithmayr, born May 7th, 1931, has just turned 85. On this occasion, I have compiled a list of his publications (excluding book reviews written by him) which I have uploaded here. I have prepared it in three different formats:

I am sure there will be mistakes or omissions, so I will be grateful to receive your corrections.

 

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