806 Pages
    by Routledge

    806 Pages
    by Routledge

    Written by an international team of experts, this comprehensive volume presents grammatical analyses of individual Bantu languages, comparative studies of their main phonetic, phonological and grammatical characteristics and overview chapters on their history and classification.

    It is estimated that some 300 to 350 million people, or one in three Africans, are Bantu speakers. Van de Velde and Bostoen bring together their linguistic expertise to produce a volume that builds on Nurse and Philippson’s first edition.

    The Bantu Languages, 2nd edition is divided into two parts; Part 1 contains 11 comparative chapters, and Part 2 provides grammar sketches of 12 individual Bantu languages, some of which were previously undescribed. The grammar sketches follow a general template that allows for easy comparison.

    Thoroughly revised and updated to include more language descriptions and the latest comparative insights.

    New to this edition:

    • new chapters on syntax, tone, reconstruction and language contact

    • 12 new sketch grammars

    • thoroughly updated chapters on phonetics, aspect-tense-mood and classification

    • exhaustive catalogue of known languages with essential references

    This unique resource remains the ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Bantu linguistics and languages. It will be of interest to researchers and anyone with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic typology and grammatical analysis.

    Table of Contents


    List of Contributors


    1. Introduction

    Koen Bostoen & Mark Van de Velde

    PART 1

    2. An inventoryof Bantu languages

    Harald Hammarström

    3. The sounds of the Bantu languages

    Ian Maddieson & Bonny Sands

    4. Segmental phonology

    Larry Hyman

    5. Tone

    David Odden & Michael Marlo

    6. Word formation

    Thilo Schadeberg & Koen Bostoen

    7. Aspect, Tense and Mood

    Derek Nurse & Maud Devos

    8. Nominal Morphology and Syntax

    Mark Van de Velde

    9. Clausal morphosyntax and information structure

    Laura Downing & Lutz Marten

    10. Reconstructing Proto Bant

    Koen Bostoen

    11. Classifying Bantu languages

    Gérard Philippson & Rebecca Grollemund

    12. Language contact

    Maarten Mous

    PART 2

    13. Kwakum A91

    Elisabeth Njantcho & Mark Van de Velde

    14. Nsong B85d

    Joseph Koni Muluwa & Koen Bostoen

    15. Pagibete C401

    JeDene Reeder

    16. Zimba D26

    Constance Kutsch Lojenga

    17. The Mara languages JE40

    Lotta Aunio, Holly Robinson, Tim Roth, Oliver Stegen & John B. Walker

    18. Mbugwe F34

    Vera Wilhelmsen

    19. Kami G36

    Malin Petzell & Lotta Aunio

    20. Shingazidja G44a

    Cédric Patin, Kassim Mohamed-Soyir & Charles W. Kisseberth

    21. Vwanji G66

    Helen Eaton

    22. Totela K41

    Thera Crane

    23. Chimpotot N14

    Robert Botne

    24. Cuwabo P34

    Rozenn Guérois

    Langage Index

    Subject Index


    Mark Van de Velde is a researcher at LLACAN (CNRS-INaLCO) in Paris, of which he has been the director since 2015. He works on the grammatical analysis and documentation of the north-western Bantu languages and the languages of the Benue valley in Nigeria, especially those currently classified as Adamawa. He is also interested in linguistic typology and in the comparative study and reconstruction of Bantu grammar, particularly in the domain of the noun phrase.

    Koen Bostoen is Professor of African Linguistics and Swahili at Ghent University and member of the UGent Centre for Bantu Studies. His research focuses on Bantu languages and interdisciplinary approaches to the African past. He obtained an ERC Starting Grant for the KongoKing Project (2012–2016) and an ERC Consolidator’s Grant for the BantuFirst project (2018–2022). Apart from several research articles, he is the author of Des mots et des pots en bantou: une approche linguistique de l’histoire de la céramique en Afrique (2005) and co-editor of Studies in African Comparative Linguistics, with Special Focus on Bantu and Mande (2005), The Kongo Kingdom: Origins, Dynamics and Cosmopolitan Culture of an African Polity (2018) and Une archéologie des provinces septentrionales du royaume Kongo (2018).

    Derek Nurse edited the first edition of The Bantu Languages and has worked on historical linguistics, language contact, phonological change, Bantu and (East) African languages, Swahili, ethnolinguistics, the interface of linguistics, archaeology, and history tense/aspect systems in Bantu.

    Gérard Philippson edited the first edition of The Bantu Languages and is emeritus Professor of Bantu Languages at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Paris) and member of the Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (Lyon). He has worked mostly on East African Bantu Languages, Bantu comparative tonology and diachronic phonology, as well as culture history.