Academic journal article Studies in African Linguistics

ÉLéments De Description Du Langi, Langue Bantu F33 De Tanzanie: Phonologie - Grammaire - Lexique

Academic journal article Studies in African Linguistics

ÉLéments De Description Du Langi, Langue Bantu F33 De Tanzanie: Phonologie - Grammaire - Lexique

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Dunham, Margaret. Éléments de Description du Langi, Langue Bantu F33 de Tanzanie: Phonologie - Grammaire - Lexique. (Langues et Littératures de l'Afrique Noire 13, SELAF n^sup o^ 413). Leuven/Paris/Dudley, MA: Éditions Peeters. 2005. Pp. vi, 335. ISBN 90-429-1573-0. Paperback. euro58.00

The little-known Bantu language Langi, spoken in north-central Tanzania, is described in this revision of the author's thesis at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. Chapter 1, "Introduction" [6-16], describes the ethnohistory of the Langi people, the position of the language in Bantu, and the author's field research on the language. Chapter 2, "La phonologie" [18-72], covers phoneme constrasts. section 2.2 lists phones and phonemes, consonant minimal pairs in wordand stem-initial positions and intervocalically, and gives consonant frequency tables. section 2.3 treats the 20 phonetic vowels - length contrasts plus 10 surface vowel places, reduced to 7 phonemic vowels by eliminating [e,o] which are allophonically conditioned by high tense vowels and back [a] which is conditioned by a preceding back consonant. section 2.4 then treats syllable structure. Tone is not marked in the book, but is mentioned: there is significant final neutralization, and there are no lexical tone contrasts in verbs. …

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