Posted by useibert on Friday, March 20, 2015
A. Neil Skinner, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, passed away on March 7, 2015 at the age of 93. Neil was a prolific contributor to Hausa language and literature, a dedicated and generous teacher, and a good friend to many of us. A biographical sketch can be found at http://african.wisc.edu/content/remembering-professor-emeritus-neil-skinner.
Our colleague Paul Newman has prepared a list of Neil Skinner’s publications which he allowed us to post here.
Download Skinner Publication List (PDF)
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Posted by useibert on Monday, February 16, 2015
The “Permanent Committee of the International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages” is pleased to invite you to the 8th BICCL to be held at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, on 4th, 5th and 6th February 2016, from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon.
Please register by e-mail to:
with a copy to Remi.Tchokothe@uni-bayreuth.de
Subject: 8th BICCL
Registrations should contain:
PLACE and/or PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
TITLE OF PAPER
Deadline for registration: 31st March 2015.
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 D. Ibriszimow (Lehrstuhl Afrikanistik II, University of Bayreuth), H. Tourneux (LLACAN – CNRS / INALCO – Villejuif / Paris and IRD Maroua, Cameroun), and E. Wolff (Institut für Afrikanistik, University of Leipzig).
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Posted by useibert on Friday, December 19, 2014
Richard Gravina‘s PhD thesis on The Phonology of Proto-Central Chadic has recently been published by LOT. It is available online at https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/30139.
The summary found there says:
The Central Chadic languages are a diverse and fascinating collection of languages, spoken in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. The phonologies of these languages have intrigued linguists since they were first studied, due to their minimal sets of phonemic vowels (sometimes only one), complex systems of vowel harmony, and extensive use of palatalized and labialized consonants. Analysis of these languages led to the proposal of phonemic units referred to as ‘prosodies’, which act on both vowels and consonants, allowing Central Chadic phonologies to be described in a neat and succinct way. This study looks at the diverse phonological systems found within Central Chadic, and reconstructs the phonological system of their ancestor language. This system is itself simple and succinct, and includes one phonemic prosody and just three phonemic vowels. The study describes the phonological processes that led from this system to the many phonological systems that are in use today, shedding light both on the history of the languages, and on issues in the analysis of these languages.
Alongside the publication, there is a website giving 250 reconstructions within Central Chadic with full data. This can be found at http://centralchadic.webonary.org/.
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Posted by useibert on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A PhD dissertation (700+ pages) on Buwal (Central Chadic) completed by Melanie Viljeon is available online at the SIL Cameroon website: A GRAMMATICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE BUWAL LANGUAGE (PDF, 9,1 MB)
More on Buwal on the SIL Cameroon website
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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.
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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.
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Posted by useibert on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Book Cover: Reimer
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.
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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.
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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).
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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 »
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