1st Edition

The Bantu Noun Phrase Issues and Perspectives

Edited By Blasius Achiri-Taboh Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection of original essays addresses salient issues in a range of empirical and conceptual analyses, providing detailed case studies of phenomena in Bantu languages and robust and interesting discussions on the structure of the noun phrase. This volume speaks to contemporary debates on the Bantu noun phrase, seeking to stimulate a greater understanding of the true nature of adnominal modification, definiteness, and anaphoric relations associated with it, with respect to various segmental and supra-segmental, noun formation, and noun classification phenomena. The ten chapters take the reader through the Grassfields, North-Western, North-Eastern and Southern present-day Bantu homeland, making important contributions to the documentation and analysis of Bantu languages.

    The Bantu Noun Phrase: Issues and Perspectives is unique in its inclusion of so many North-Eastern Bantu languages in its discourse on Bantu linguistics and this important collection will be of particular interest to those researching, teaching, and studying African languages and linguistics.

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Conceptualizing the Bantu Noun Phrase

    Blasius Achiri-Taboh

    Part 1: Phrase structure

    Chapter 2. On the size and category of Bantu nominal expressions

    Vicki Carstens

    Chapter 3. Adjectives in the Ngamambo noun phrase: Issues of pre- and post-modification

    Blasius Achiri-Taboh

    Chapter 4. Nominal morphology and syntax of Rwa-Meru

    Amani Lusekelo, Samson Sarakikya and Blasius Achiri-Taboh

    Chapter 5. Nominal structure and the internal organization of the noun phrase in Nugunu

    Théophile Ambadiang

    Part 2: Tone in the internal structure of the NP

    Chapter 6. Tonology of the Luganda Noun Phrase

    Larry M. Hyman and Francis X. Katamba

    Chapter 7. Morphology and Tonology of the Vocative in Basaa

    Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso

    Chapter 8. The augment in Shingazidja

    Cédric Patin

    Part 3: Anaphoric relations

    Chapter 9. Content words and contextual meaning: Lexical NPs as discourse anaphora in Makhuwa and Cuwabo

    Lutz Marten, Hannah Gibson, Rozenn Guérois and Teresa Poeta

    Chapter 10. Aspects of referent tracking in Northern Sotho

    Mampaka Lydia Mojapelo


    Blasius Achiri-Taboh is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Buea, Cameroon.

    ‘This volume is an invaluable guide to the issues surrounding the structure and interpretation of nominal phrases in Bantu languages, but also provides an excellent source and testing ground for theories of nominal structure beyond Bantu. The empirical range of these studies in Bantu linguistics is broad, though most of the chapters address in detail the structure of nominals in a single Bantu language. Excellent chapters investigate tone, case, the structures that determine word order in nominals, relativization, definiteness and indefiniteness, anaphoricity and referentiality, all using clear criteria for classification and analysis. It is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of both Bantu syntax and semantics and nominal structure more generally.’

    Ken Safir, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Rutgers University, USA.

    'This collection of papers on the structure of the Bantu noun phrase will be of interest to all Bantuists, and to syntacticians more generally who are interested in the exploration of contemporary syntactic accounts of the NP or DP that have developed in the context of minimalism and of government and binding theory. It will also be of interest to linguists interested in the range of ways found in Bantu languages to establish and retain reference in discourse, and to phonologists interested in learning more about the complex processes that govern the realization in noun phrase tone patterns in the Bantu languages.'

    John Goldsmith, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago, USA.