FUNKNET Digest - 14 Nov 2002 to 15 Nov 2002 (#2002-116)

David Palfreyman David.Palfreyman at ZU.AC.AE
Sat Nov 16 07:06:55 UTC 2002

You mentioned "defining African languages as against the rest of the
world".  Does this mean that you'd like us to respond to the questions
also in relation to *non-African* languages, to provide evidence
relating to a hypothesis that these features are *peculiar* to African
David Palfreyman
Zayed University, Dubai


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Date:    Fri, 15 Nov 2002 10:37:43 +0100
From:    Bernd Heine <bernd.heine at UNI-KOELN.DE>
Subject: Typology of African Languages

I'd like to ask for your cooperation. It seems that on the basis of
eleven linguistic properties listed below it is somehow possible to
African languages as against the rest of the world. A survey of 70
languages suggests that any given African language can be expected to
between five and ten of the properties (Ethiopian Semitic and Cushitic
languages are an exception, having roughly between three and five
properties). My question is: Is this a valid hypothesis? I would be
grateful if you could help to answer this question by filling the
questionnaire below for "your" language(s).

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