I would like to remind and encourage other linguists working on Chadic languages to also send such information. Please help us keep up to date with what is going on in Chadic Linguistics by sending us information about your research, new publications, conferences etc. (Contact)
Paul Newman is pleased to announce the publication of the 4th edition of his online, open access Comprehensive Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics, Bloomington: IUScholarWorks (2018) (Link: http://hdl.handle.net/2022/22181). This is the final version of the biblio that Newman himself will be preparing. If corrections, updates, and additions are to be provided in the future, some other scholar(s) in the Chadic-Hausa field with bibliographic interests and expertise will have to step forward to take on responsibility for the task. Continue reading “New edition of the Chadic bibliography now posted”
Our colleague Paul Newman has sent us the following notice:
The Comprehensive Chadic/Hausa Bibliography (version 3 ) is available open access at IUScholarWorks http://hdl.handle.net/2022/20576. I am currently working on a new, updated and corrected version, hopefully to appear in early 2018. If any of you have new items that you would like to include, or if you notice errors in the current version, I would be grateful if you could provide me with the appropriate information. I am particularly interested in book reviews you have written or reviews of your works that have been reviewed by others since this information often slips by unnoticed. My email address is pnxxpn at indiana.edu.
Don’t worry about formatting: however you do things is fine with me as long as the information is full and accurate. I would, however, like to make two requests:
(1) In citing names of authors or editors, please spell out the first names rather than using initials.
(2) If titles are in languages other than English, French, or German (e.g., Polish, Italian, or Hausa) please provide an English translation.
Finally, I should mention that this is the final version of the biblio that I shall be doing. Once this version is out, I shall be putting this work aside. Whether future updates appear or not depends on whether anyone else is willing to step up and take on the task. The work is not onerous, but it is not trivial: it does require a serious commitment on someone’s part. Essential qualifications include proficiency in English, good reading knowledge of French and German, access to a good library and internet resources, familiarity with (or willingness to learn) biblio database management, and a real interest in bibliography work. If any individuals (or teams) wish to discuss the possibility of assuming this task, please drop me a note.
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
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).
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“.
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.