Joseph Lovestrand has sent the following invitation to another Skype Talk:
The Chadic Languages & Cultures group, run by Cameroonian linguists, is meeting online Saturday 20 November, 9 AM, Cameroon time (UTC+1). All are welcome to join the discussion (in French and English)!
Chadic Languages & Cultures
Saturday, 20 November, 2021
9 AM (Cameroon time, UTC+1)
Join via Skype: https://join.skype.com/YTdz8ale1BIF
Pattern borrowing and hybridisation in Mubi
Lameen Souag (CNRS)
The plural system of Mubi (East Chadic, Afroasiatic) stands out cross-linguistically within Chadic and worldwide for its extensive use of pattern morphology, fixing the output’s vowel qualities and shape while preserving the input’s consonants. This paper demonstrates that some elements of this system are reconstructible at least for East Chadic B and probably go back to earlier stages of Afroasiatic, while others reflect the influence of Chadian Arabic, the regional lingua franca. The process of influence, however, turns out to involve not just straightforward pattern morpheme borrowing (exemplified here by the iambic pattern BaCaaDiFe), but also the reshaping of inherited patterns. The most frequent quadriliteral plural pattern, BuCooDuF, reflects Arabic influence in its shape – mediated by a change in mapping directionality – but Chadic inheritance in its distribution. This result supports the hypothesis that pattern morphology is more easily transferred between related languages.
A new paper on Gizey (Masa) has been uploaded at Springer Link:
Guitang, G. (2021). ‘Frozen reduplication in Gizey: insights into analogical reduplication, phonological and morphological doubling in Masa‘
The paper can be viewed here: https://rdcu.be/cBfAq
Topics in Chadic Linguistics X – Papers from the 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, Villejuif, September 7-8, 2017, edited by Henry Tourneux and Yvonne Treis, has just appeared at Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.
The following papers are contained:
Russell G. Schuh – An overview of his Chadic scholarship
Umma Aliyu Musa / Esther Morgenthal / Henning Schreiber:
Less commonly documented literacy practices – Secular Hausa Ajami as situated social literacy
Sergio Baldi / Rudolf Leger:
Animal names in Hausa and Kupto – Their specific characteristics mirrored in proverbs, epithets and sayings
Gian Claudio Batic:
Verb classes and TAM system in Kushi (Nigeria)
Current research on the A3 West Chadic languages
Philippe Cassuto / Victor Porkhomovsky:
Les stratégies de traduction de l’Ancien Testament dans les trois versions haoussa de la Bible – Un problème d’interprétation ?
Verb classification in Mogum (Eastern Chadic)
Ideophones in Barayin
Patterns of organisation in the Hausa grade system
Nina Pawlak / Joseph McIntyre:
Semantic and pragmatic motivations of gender assignment in Hausa
James Roberts / Albert Camus Soulokadi:
On ideophones in Musey
Lexical links between Chadic, Cushitic and Omotic languages
Le syntagme nominal dans le parler « kotoko » de Kousseri
Gavar verb morphology
Currently, the Fifth Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) is taking place in Leipzig. Yesterday, Rüdiger Köppe (left) arrived and brought a box containing the conference volume of BICCL 4, which has just appeared. Eva Rothmaler (right) has edited this publication. Here is more information about the book: Continue reading “Topics in Chadic Linguistics V has appeared”
The 6th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL6) will be held in Cologne, Germany from August 17 to 21, 2009 (Monday to Friday). The theme of WOCAL6 is “African Linguistics for Understanding and Progress”. However, papers on topics relating to all aspects of the study of African languages (including African sign languages) will be considered.
- Language Contact
- Language Documentation
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Language Technology
- Language and Development
The following information is required for registration:
- Title of paper
- Full name, e-mail AND postal address
- Country of residence (in August 2009)
- Nationality (in passport, for visa application)
The deadline for submission is December 20th, 2008.
Correspondence should be directed to:
c/o Matthias Brenzinger
Institut fuer Afrikanistik
University of Cologne
or via eMail:
For further information on WOCAL6, please visit the WOCAL6 website at: www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/afrikanistik/wocal
The following invitation for NACAL 36 was published on Linguist List Issue 18.2557:
The 36th annual meeting of the North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL 36) will be held in Chicago, IL, USA from March 14-16, 2008 (Friday-Sunday). Papers are solicited for the 36th annual meeting of the North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL 36), which will be held in Chicago, IL, USA from March 14-16, 2008 (Friday-Sunday).
Papers on linguistic topics relevant to the languages of the Afroasiatic phylum (Chadic, Berber, Cushitic, Omotic, Egyptian, Semitic) are requested. Topics relating to all aspects of Afroasiatic languages will be considered, particularly including phonology, morphology, syntax, comparative linguistics, sociolinguistics, and epigraphy. These topics should be considered as general guidelines and are not intended to be exclusive. No original paper will be rejected on account of its subject, as long as it relates to the languages of the Afroasiatic phylum and meets the scholarly standards established by previous conferences.
In addition to the general sessions, there will be a special panel on Comparative Afrasian, dedicated to Alan S. Kaye. Participants who wish to contribute to this panel should indicate their preference when submitting the abstract or contact Lionel Bender (eswgsiu.edu).
Abstracts describing the precise topic treated with a length of approximately 200-300 words can be sent as an electronic version (pdf or word document) or as a paper copy to the addresses specified on the registration page on the website(www.nacal.org). The deadline for submission is December 1st, 2007. For more information, please visit our website at www.nacal.org.
The two-volume set, “Morphologies of Asia and Africa“, edited by late Alan S. Kaye, has just ben released by Eisenbrauns. Here is a description of the book which was published on Linguist List Issue 18.2543:
This comprehensive collection of essays covers both the Afroasiatic languages of the Middle East and North Africa as well as other languages that are found in this geographic region. Nearly 50 essays by the leading scholars in each language provide comprehensive discussion of the morphology of these languages; and the set is edited by one of the last half-century’s foremost experts on the linguistics of this region. In two volumes totaling almost 1400 pages, this publication provides the most up-to-date summary of the morphology of languages: both ancient languages – from Akkadian to Syriac – and modern – from Arabic to Tsez. Essays on the non-Afroasiatic languages spoken in the geographical region, such as Hittite, Sumerian, Sanskrit, and Armenian (for example), are also included.
More details can be found at the website of Eisenbrauns:
In 1997, Eisenbrauns published the highly-regarded two-volume Phonologies of Asia and Africa, edited by Alan Kaye with the assistance of Peter T. Daniels, and the book rapidly became the standard reference for the phonologies of the Afro-Asiatic languages. Now the concept has been extended, and Kaye has assembled nearly 50 scholars to write essays on the morphologies of the same language group. The coverage is complete, copious, and again will likely become the standard work in the field. Contributors are an international Who’s Who of Afro-Asiatic linguistics, from Appleyard to Leslau to Voigt.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Alan Kaye on May 31, 2007, while these volumes were in the final stages of preparation for the press. Alan was diagnosed with bone cancer on May 1 while on research leave in the United Arab Emirates and was brought home to Fullerton by his son on May 22.
The 4th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages will take place 30th-31st October 2007, at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Here is a list of participants and their respective papers:
- Ahmad, Mustapha: “Hausa in the digital age: Challenges and opportunities”
- Allison, Sean: “Lexical tone in Makary Kotoko“
- Andreas, Heike (& Leger, Zoch): “The Nyam language – first steps towards its research and description”
- Baba, Ahmad Tela (title to be announced)
- Baldi, Sergio (& Leger): “The yi + noun verbs and their positioning in Hausa“
- Batic, Gian Claudio: “Imaginative Dimension and Experiential Constructions in Hausa and Bole“
- Blazek, Vaclav: “All Chadic lakes/ On application of glottochronology for Masa or Kotoko group”
- Blench, Roger: “An introduction to Fali of Kirya”
- Gravina, Richard: “Indirect Object Pronouns and Agreement in Mbuko“
- Holubova, Miroslava
- Ibriszimow, Dymitr: see Zulyadaini, see Porkhomovsky
- Kaploun, Mark: see Suyetina
- Leger, Rudolf: see Andreas; see Baldi
- Löhr, Doris: title to be announced
- Porkhomovsky, Victor (& Ibriszimow, Sheshin): title to be announced
- Roberts, Jim: “Palatalization and Labialization in Eastern Chadic verbs”
- Rothmaler, Eva
- Ruff, Joy: “Tone in Lagwan Verbs: The Conflict between Perceptual Prominence and Lexical Contrast”
- Schumann, Theda: title to be announced
- Seibert, Uwe: “Weblogs, Podcasts, Wikis etc. – what the Web 2.0 has to offer for (Chadic) Linguists”
- Sheshin, Valery: see Porkhomovsky
- Stolbova, Olga: “Plural in Kirfi and in Chadic”
- Suyetina, Yuliya (& Kaploun): “Once Again About Lexical Function of Tones in Hausa“
- Tourneux, Henry: “La proposition relative dans les langues dites ’kotoko’ “
- Wolff, Ekkehard: title to be announced
- Ziegelmeyer, Georg: “Between Hausa and Kanuri: On the Linguistic Influence of Hausa and Kanuri on Bade and Ngizim“
- Zoch, Ulrike: see Andreas
- Zulyadaini, Balarabe (& Ibriszimow): title to be announced
Further details can be found in the second circular, which can be downloaded here:
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