A Grammar of the Kilba Language

Very little has been published so far on Kilba, a Chadic language spoken in Adamawa State of Nigeria, the closest relative of which is Margi. Soon, a  publication on Kilba will appear at LINCOM Europe. Here are some details which the author of the book, Dr. Mohammed Aminu Mu’azu, has sent me: Continue reading “A Grammar of the Kilba Language”


Interaction of Morphology and Syntax — Case studies in Afroasiatic

A new publication on the “Interaction of Morphology and Syntax” in Afroasiatic languages will soon appear at Benjamins. It is edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay (University of Colorado at Boulder) and contains papers mostly on Cushitic and Chadic languages. Here is a description found at the website of Benjamins:

The present volume deals with hitherto unexplored issues on the interaction of morphology and syntax. These selected and invited papers mainly concern Cushitic and Chadic languages, the least-described members of the Afroasiatic family. Three papers in the volume explore one or more typological characteristics across an entire language family or branch, while others focus on one or two languages within a family and the implications of their structures for the family, the phylum, or linguistic typology as a whole. The diversity of topics addressed within the present volume reflects the great diversity of language structures and functions within the Afroasiatic phylum.

Table of contents

Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay

Case marking, syntactic domains and information structure in Kabyle (Berber)
Amina Mettouchi

The internal and comparative reconstruction of verb extensions in early Chadic and Afroasiatic
Christopher Ehret

One way of becoming a dative subject
Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Coding the unexpected: Subject pronouns in East Dangla
Erin Shay

Ergative-active features of the Ethiopian Semitic type
Grover Hudson

Number as an exponent of gender in Cushitic
Maarten Mous

Relativization in Kambaata (Cushitic)
Yvonne Treis

Between coordination and subordination in Gawwada
Mauro Tosco

Author index

Language index

Subject index

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)

A new year and a new start

Chadic Newsletter is a publication that has a long tradition (Read our About page). After appearing in printed form for more than 30 years, in the past few years it was continued electronically, in form of a website which was updated from time to time.

In the meantime, new technologies have been developed. In the past few years, weblogs have become a very popular way of online publishing. Writing a weblog entry is very simple — nearly as simple as writing an email message — and it is an excellent way of sharing information quickly.

Therefore, starting today, Chadic Newsletter will be published in the form of a weblog, which will carry the name Chadic Newsletter Online.

We hope that our readers will accept this new means of publication. We are very eager to read your comments. A very nice and useful feature of weblogs is that you can add your comments right at the bottom of each post.

Best wishes for a happy and successful year 2007 to all of you!

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