Russell Schuh’s Papers and other writings available for download

Russell G. Schuh, one of the most prominent scholars of Chadic Linguistics, has made a large number of his papers and other writings available for download. You can find links to these materials on his website: http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/schuh/downloadable_papers.html.

I have added these links to my ever-growing collection of Chadic bookmarks. Let me remind you again: We are always happy to get news about new publications, ongoing research and also about online activities of Chadic linguists. These will be publicised here on Chadic Newsletter  Online, the same way they used to be when Chadic Newsletter started as a mimeographed leaflet 40 years ago, only much faster. Also, you are always welcome to add comments to the posts.

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Brill’s Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics

Brill’s Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics is a new peer-reviewed international forum devoted to the descriptive and theoretical study of Afroasiatic languages.

The editors of the new annual are soliciting (proposals for) articles to be included in the 2009 edition and later years. The 2009 edition is scheduled for publication in November 2009 and the deadline for submission is: 1 March 2009.

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Chadic links collection: feel free to contribute

I have started collecting my own list, using the social bookmarking service Del.icio.us.

In one of the first posts, I mentioned Web resources for African Languages, a private website run by Jouni F. Maho. There, one can find links to online materials on many Chadic languages, including articles, dictionaries, sound files and word lists. It is organised by subgroups and languages and it keeps growing. If you look for any Chadic online materials, it is the first place to check.

I have started collecting my own list, using the social bookmarking service Del.icio.us. My own Chadic links can be found at http://del.icio.us/chadicnewsletter.

Maybe you have already noticed the new section titled “Chadic Links“. Feel free to contribute to this list. In order to do this, all you have to do is open an account with Del.icio.us (which is free of charge) and save your own Chadic links there. It would be great if we could build up a larger collection together.

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Chadic languages on SIL Cameroon Website

SIL Cameroon has a website where — besides other information — one can find details about their latest publications on languages spoken in Cameroon, including many Chadic languages: Baldamu, Bana, Buduma, Buwal, Cuvok, Daba, Dugwor, Gabri, Gavar, Gude, Hdi, Jimi, Kera, Lagwan, Mafa, Mbedam, Mbuko, Mefele, Merey, Mina, Mofu-Gudur, Moloko, Mpade, Muyang, Ouldeme, Podoko, Sharwa, Tsuvan, Vame, and Zulgo.

In order to find this information, you can use an index sorted by language family, province and name, either in English or in French. Information is available on alternate names, SIL code, ALCAM number and name, dialects and population figures.

Many of the listed publications are available as PDF or HTML files. In order to get the special characters right, you need to have the Cam Cam SILDoulosL font installed on your computer. You can download this font in their Resources and links section.

Publications on Kera

Mary Pearce is doing research on Kera. She has sent a list of her publications:

  • 2006. The Interaction between metrical structure and tone in Kera. Phonology. 23.2 CUP. 259-286. (Abstract / Download PDF file)
  • 2006. Evidence against voicing spread in Kera. In (eds.) M Pearce and R. Breheny, UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 18. Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL. (Download PDF file)
  • 2005. Iambicity without stress in Kera, Proceedings of CamLing conference, 2005.
  • 2005. Kera Tone and Voicing. In (eds.) M Pearce and N Topintzi, UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 17. Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL (Download PDF file)
  • 2002. Chad. In John Shepherd, David Horn and Dave Laing (eds.), Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world. 19-23. London/New York: Continuum.
  • 1998/1999. Consonants and tone in Kera (Chadic). Journal of West African Languages 27(1): 33-70.
  • 1994. An introductory study of music among the Kera. Notes on Anthropology and Intercultural Community Work 14: 26-46. SIL. (Online on SIL website)

Mary worked with SIL among the Kera from 1992-2002. Since then she’s been studying for an MA and then PhD in Phonology (with Moira Yip as supervisor). Her dissertation should be finished around June and it will investigate the interaction between tone, vowel harmony and foot structure in Kera. If all goes well, she plans to return to Chad with SIL in early 2008 – and she hopes to continue to research phonological and phonetic issues with regard to Chadic languages.

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Documents available for download at IRD

A number of previously published documents on Chadic languages (mostly in French) can be downloaded from the website of the French Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD, formerly: ORSTOM). I did a simple query on “tchadique” and was given 98 hits, including the following:

  • Seignobos Christian, Tourneux H. Le Nord-Cameroun à travers ses mots : dictionnaire de termes anciens et modernes. Paris (FRA), Paris : IRD, Karthala, 2002, 334 p. (Dictionnaires et Langues). (PDF, 16.6 Mb)
  • Jungraithmayr H. (ed.), Barreteau Daniel (ed.), Seibert U. (ed.). L’homme et l’eau dans le bassin du lac Tchad = Man and water in the lake Chad basin. Paris : ORSTOM, 1997, 487 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Séminaire du Réseau Méga-Tchad, 1993/05/13-14, Francfort (PDF, 32 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel (ed.), Dognin René (ed.), Von Graffenried C. (ed.). L’homme et le milieu végétal dans le bassin du lac Tchad = Man and vegetation in the lake Chad basin. Paris : ORSTOM, 1997, 394 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Séminaire du Réseau Méga-Tchad, 1991/09/18-20, Sèvres (PDF, 24.9 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel (ed.). Traitement et emploi des langues : nouvelles techniques, nouvelles applications. Cahiers des Sciences Humaines, 1995, 31 (1), 273 p. (PDF, 18.7 Mb)
  • Baroin C. (ed.), Barreteau Daniel (ed.), Graffenried C. Von (ed.). Mort et rites funéraires dans le Bassin du lac Tchad. Paris : ORSTOM, 1995, 296 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). La Mort dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad, 1990/09/12-14, Bondy. (PDF, 25.8 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel (ed.), Graffenried C. Von (ed.). Datation et chronologie dans le bassin du Lac Chad = Dating and chronology in the Lake Chad basin. Bondy : ORSTOM, 1993, 291 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Colloque Méga-Tchad, 1989/09/11-12, Bondy. (PDF, 18,2 Mb)
  • Monino Y. (ed.). Actes du quatrième colloque Méga-Tchad : 1. Forge et forgerons. Paris : ORSTOM, 1991, 385 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Colloque Méga-Tchad, 1988/09/14-16, Paris. (PDF, 20 Mb)
  • Echard N. (ed.). Actes du quatrième colloque Mega-Tchad : 2. Les relations hommes-femmes dans le bassin du lac Tchad. Paris : ORSTOM, 1991, 2/3, 329 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Colloque Méga-Tchad, 1988/09/14-16, Paris (PDF, 16 Mb)
  • Charmes Jacques (ed.). Plurilinguisme et développement. Cahiers des Sciences Humaines, 1991, 27 (3-4), p. 299-559. (PDF, 19 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel (ed.), Tourneux H. (ed.). Relations interethniques et culture matérielle dans le bassin du lac Tchad. Paris : ORSTOM, 1990, 266 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Colloque MEGA-TCHAD, 1986/09/11-12, Paris. (PDF, 13.1 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel (ed.), Tourneux H. (ed.). Le milieu et les hommes : recherches comparatives et historiques dans le bassin du lac Tchad. Paris : ORSTOM, 1988, 355 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Colloque Méga-Tchad, 1985/10/03-04, Bondy. (PDF, 18 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel (ed.). Langues et cultures dans le bassin du Lac Tchad. Paris : ORSTOM, 1987, 217 p. (Colloques et Séminaires). Les Langues Tchadiques dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad : Journées d’études, 1984/09/04-05, Paris. (PDF, 10.5 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel, Sorin-Barreteau L., Bayo Mana A. (collab.). Charmes et profits, ressources et produits d’un dictionnaire illustré. In : Congrès de la société linguistique de l’Afrique occidentale. Yaoundé : sn, 1985, 44 p. multigr. Congrès de la Société Linguistique de l’Afrique Occidentale, 1985/03/25-31, Yaoundé. (PDF, 2.6 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Livre 1 : Phonologie. In : Description du mofu-gudur : langue de la famille tchadique parlée au Cameroun. Paris : ORSTOM, 1988, 1/2, 551 p. Th. 3e cycle : linguistique, Paris, 1983. (PDF, 35.2 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Livre 2 : Lexique. In : Description du mofu-gudur : langue de la famille tchadique parlée au Cameroun. Paris : ORSTOM, 1988, 2/2, 480 p. Th. 3e cycle : linguistique, Paris 3, 1983. (PDF, 27.6 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Du Mbara au Mofu-Gudur : approche comparée des systèmes verbaux. In : Langues tchadiques et langues non tchadiques en contact en Afrique centrale. Paris : SELAF, 1985, p. 37-60. (Lacito Documents Afrique (FRA); Contacts de Langues et Contacts de Cultures ; 10; 5). (PDF, 937 Kb)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Phonémique et prosodie en HIGI. In : Studies in Chadic and Afroasiatic linguistics. Hamburg : H. Buske, 1983, p. 249-276. (PDF, 1.3 Mb)
  • Le Nord du Cameroun : Des hommes, une région. Paris : ORSTOM, 1984, 551 p. (Mémoires ORSTOM ; 102).(PDF, 48 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel, Jungraithmayr H. Le verbe en sibine. In : Jungraithmayr H. (ed.). The Chad languages in the Hamitosemitic-Nigritic border area. Berlin : Dietrich Reimer, 1979, p. 192-229. (Marburger Studien zur Afrika- und Asienkunde : Serie A : Afrika ; 27). Marburg Symposium, 1979, Marburg (PDF, 1.7 Mb) (= Somrai)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Structure du lexème verbal en MOFU-GUDUR. Paris : SELAF, 1978, p. 115-142. Groupe de Travail sur les Langues Tchadiques. Préalables à la Reconstitution du Proto-Tchadique, 1977, Ivry. (PDF, 1.7 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Aspects de la morphologie nominale du MOFU-GUDUR. Paris : SELAF, 1978, p. 95-113. Groupe de Travail sur les Langues Tchadiques.Préalables à la Reconstitution du Proto-Tchadique, 1977, Ivry (PDF, 894 kB)
  • Barreteau Daniel. La transcription d’un texte MOFU-GUDUR : Problèmes linguistiques. In: Cinq textes tchadiques (Cameroun et Tchad) : Présentation linguistique. Berlin : Dietrich Reimer, 1978, p. 7-54. (Marburger Studien zur Afrika- und Asienkunde.Série A: Afrika ; 12). (PDF, 1.8 Mb)
  • Barreteau Daniel. Essai de transcription phonologique d’un texte MOFU-GUDUR. In : Cinq textes tchadiques (Cameroun et Tchad) : Présentation linguistique. Berlin : Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, 1978, p. 55-71. (Marburger Studien zur Afrika- und Asienkunde, Série A: Afrika ; 12). (PDF, 654 kB)
  • Barreteau Daniel, Sorin L. Recueil de littérature orale chez les Mofu-Gudur, population du Nord-Cameroun. In : Tradition orale. Cahiers ORSTOM.Série Sciences Humaines, 1976, 13 (2), p. 103-111. (PDF, 1.1 Mb)

Extracts of some of the larger documents can be downloaded as separate files. They are too many to list here, please check out the IRD website yourself.

Topics in Chadic Linguistics II

A collection of papers from the 2nd Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (Prague, October 11-12, 2003) will appear at Rüdiger Köppe Verlag as Volume 3 of the series “Tschadistik · Linguistique Tchadique” under the title “Topics in Chadic Linguistics II“. It is edited by Dymitr Ibriszimow and will have the following contributions:

  • Michael Bross
    Factors for the Distribution of the Definite Article – A corpus based study on L1 and L2 Hausa from Maiduguri
  • Véronique de Colombel
    Lexique naturaliste du tchadique central et dynamique des contacts entre les populations
  • Dymitr Ibriszimow
    On the Verb in Ngamo
  • Philip J. Jaggar
    More on in situ wh- and Focus Constructions in Hausa
  • Silvia Sanvito
    La construction possessive en tchadique central
  • Olga Stolbova
    Chadic Lexical Data-Base: A project
  • Gábor Takács
    Comparative Angas-Sura Phonology in the Light of the Comparative Dictionary of the Angas-Sura Languages
  • Henry Tourneux
    Origine des consonnes doubles et de la nasale syllabique à l’initiale dans les parlers « kotoko » du Cameroun
  • H. Ekkehard Wolff
    Suffix Petrification and Prosodies in Central Chadic (Lamang-Hdi)

Yobe Languages Research Project

The Yobe Languages Research Project, initiated by Russell G. Schuh at U.C.L.A., is focused on five Chadic minority languages indigenous to Yobe State, Nigeria: Bade, Bole, Karekare, Ngamo, and Ngizim. The goal of the project is to document and develop these languages, which have substantial communities of first language speakers.

On the project web site one can find word lists of, articles on, greetings, proverbs, songs and tales in and other information about these five languages. Follow these links to see what is there:

Web resources for African Languages

At Web resources for African Languages, a private website run by Jouni F. Maho, one can find links to online materials on many Chadic languages, including articles, dictionaries, sound files and word lists.

In the next few days, we will have a look at some of the materials found on this website in more detail.

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