15.3367, Books: Lang Description, Boko/Bokobaru/Busa: Jones

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Subject: 15.3367, Books: Lang Description, Boko/Bokobaru/Busa: Jones

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Date: 28-Nov-2004
From: Ulrich Lueders < lincom.europa at t-online.de >
Subject: The Boko/Busa Language Cluster: Jones



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Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 10:12:41
From: Ulrich Lueders < lincom.europa at t-online.de >
Subject: The Boko/Busa Language Cluster: Jones


Title: The Boko/Busa Language Cluster
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 30

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
           http://www.lincom-europa.com

Author: Ross McCallum Jones, Monash University

Paperback: ISBN: 3929075970 Pages: 346 Price: Europe EURO 75


Abstract:

Boko/Busa is a cluster of three closely related south-eastern Mande
languages or dialects spoken in Benin and Nigeria. The aim of this research
has been to describe the phonological, tonological, morphological and
grammatical system and processes which occur within the Boko/Busa language
cluster, using the approaches of modern linguistics to analyse and present
the material. The author, Ross Jones, has had twenty eight years of
practical experience with these languages in Bible translation and
literacy. As Boko is the major language of the cluster, as well as the most
stable and complex, the basic description is of Boko, with variations in
the related languages of the cluster, Bokobaru and Busa, being described as
they occur. The sources of evidence and authority consist in a thorough set
of language examples. Tone is both lexical and grammatical and is an
integral part of these languages. Tone changes in verbs and subject
pronouns express aspect and mood, while the final tone on NP items
differentiates specific from non-specific items. Tone also plays a major
role in the complex and pervasive system of logophoricity. The introduction
puts these languages in their setting by looking at the ethnography,
language classification and historical background, while appendices give
lists of lexical material, including an extensive list of loanwords and
some sample texts.

2nd printing.



Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
                     African linguistics


Subject Language(s): Boko (Language Code: BQC)
                     Bokobaru (Language Code: BUS)


Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)

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