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By Christopher Ehret

ISBN-10: 3896450980

ISBN-13: 9783896450982

Nilo-Saharan is among the 4 significant language households at the African continent. It extends eastwards from the Niger to Western Ethiopia and additional southwards to Northern Tanzania. whereas the prestige of Nilo-Saharan as a phylum has been principally authorised on the grounds that Greenberg (1963), the inner category has remained debatable. the current quantity is meant as a decisive contribution in the direction of the verification of the interior dating of the Nilo-Saharan languages. utilizing normal sound correspondences for verifying degrees of inner dating was once began within the Eighties, yet this paintings takes up the consequences accomplished hitherto and keeps from this foundation. New assets are considered: except reconstructing consonants, vowels and tone, the examine additionally contains derivational and inflectional morphology in addition to pronouns. The publication involves major components. the 1st half (chapter 2-8) is devoted to the reconstruction of consonants, vowels and tone, to the subclassification of Nilo-Saharan, verbal and nominal derivation, inflection and the pronominal approach. the second one half (chapter nine) is an etymological dictionary of 1,606 roots, complemented by way of annotations and reflexes of the roots within the specific languages. greater than 10,000 roots are stated at once. The research of the 1st half (chapter 2-8) is predicated at the facts prepared in bankruptcy nine. crucial results of Ehret's paintings matters the connection of Songay within the Nilo-Saharan context. the writer argues convincingly that Songay can be considered as an indispensable member of the Nilo-Saharan kin. Connections with Mande needs to be visible as borrowings from Songay into Mande. in addition, the verified typical sound correspondences and the reconstructed Proto-Nilo-Saharan vocabulary enable for drawing up phonological histories of every language and distinguishing among personal loan as opposed to long term inherited phrases.

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