New publications on East Chadic languages

Two articles on Barayin, an East Chadic language,  have recently been published:

Also, Carsten Peust has published an article on Dangla, another East Chadic language :

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)


Future of BICCL and the related publication series

The  ‘Permanent Committee’ for the Biennial Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) has issued the following announcement concerning the future handling of BICCL and the publication series Chadic Linguistics – Linguistique Tchadique – Tschadistik: Continue reading “Future of BICCL and the related publication series”

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

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

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.


New publications in Central Chadic

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

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

New publication on Ngas

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.


Publications by Herrmann Jungraithmayr

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.


Paul Newman’s Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics (3rd edition)

Paul Newman‘s Comprehensive Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics, 3rd edition (Bloomington: IU ScholarWorks, 2015) is now posted online and available for use. This open access work can be found at <>.

This work is a corrected and greatly expanded version of the bibliography that was published initially in 2012 and then again in 2013. A significant improvement in the current edition is the addition of an index of authors of book reviews (reviews still being included together with the books being reviewed).