Anonby, Erik John (1975-....).

A grammar of Mambay an Adamawa language of Chad and Cameroon / [Texte imprimé] : Erik J. Anonby. - Köln : Köppe, 2011. - 1 vol. (XII-571 p.) : ill., cartes. ; 24 cm. - African languages monographs ; v. 4 .

Thèse présentée sous le titre : Phonology and morphology of Mambay (Niger-Congo, Adamawa)

Thèse doctorat : Sciences humaines : Universiteit Leiden : 2008

Bibliogr. p. [550]-562.

This book provides a window into the lives and language of the Mambay, a group of 15,000 people on the banks of the Kebbi River in south-western Chad and north-western Cameroon. The study first situates the Mambay language, a member of the Adamawa-Ubangi division of Niger-Congo, within its historical and sociolinguistic context. This is followed by a thorough description of the phonology, where special consideration is given to nasality and an underlyingly two-level tone system exhibiting downstep as well as pragmatic employment of intonational register shift. Other striking phenomena include a profoundly phonologized labial flap and a rich vowel inventory with contrastive length, nasalization, glottalization and pharyngealization. In the discussion of morphology, attention is dedicated to a pervasive "free vs. linked" distinction in noun forms and a series of innovative noun prefixes unrelated to wider Niger-Congo noun class prefixes. Additional highlights include logophoric pronouns, a rich system of TAM (tense/aspect/mood) inflection marked on both pronouns and verbs, and an array of ideophones generated by morphological templates. A section on clauses and clause combinations concludes the grammar, situating word classes within the context of syntax and discourse. Inter­linearized texts rich in cultural detail are presented from a variety of genres: song, legend, fable and proverb. Présentation de la 4ème de couverture.

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