The Languages of Africa

The Languages of Africa

The Languages of Africa

The Languages of Africa

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The present volume is an expanded and extensively revised version of the author's Studies in African Linguistic Classification (referred to as SALC throughout) which appeared in 1955. The former work was in turn a photo offset of eight articles which appeared in the Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 5:79-100, 190-98, 309-17 (1949); 6:47-63, 143-60, 223-37, 388-98 (1950) and 10:405-15 (1954). The author wishes to express his profound gratitude to the lateLeslie Spier , editor of the Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, in whose pages these studies first appeared, and to Frank Tannenbaum and Melville J. Herskovits for the joint support of the University Seminars of Columbia and the Program of African Studies of Northwestern University which made the earlier publication by the Compass Press in New Haven possible.

For the present version, the author has many indebtednesses, both material and intellectual. A grant in aid of personal research from the Behavioral Sciences division of the Ford Foundation provided the author with time and research assistance for the preparation of this volume. Acknowledgement is gratefully made of support for this publication by the Language and Linguistics Committee of the African Studies Association likewise on the basis of a grant from the Ford Foundation. Another major source of support for the present effort was a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation for field study of languages in Northern Nigeria in 1954-55, with additional assistance from the Columbia Council for Research in the Social Sciences and the Social Science Research Council. It was through data collected in this period that a major gap in the earlier version was rectified as can be seen from the far fuller and more detailed classification of Chad and Benue-Congo languages in the present edition.

It is not possible to mention all the individuals who generously assisted by making available unpublished material. I am particularly indebted to Archibald Tucker for sending me material from the files of the International African Institute on the Coman languages, to Herbert Lewis and Harold Fleming for unpublished data which enabled me to classify the Bako language group as Cushitic, to . . .

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