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- DescriptionThis book introduces beginning students and n-specialists to the diversity and richness of African languages. In addition to providing a solid background to the study of African languages, the book presents linguistic phemena t found in European languages. A goal of this book is to stimulate interest in African languages and address the question: What makes African languages so fascinating? The orientation adopted throughout the book is a descriptive one, which seeks to characterize African languages in a relatively succinct and neutral manner, and to make the facts accessible to a wide variety of readers. The author's lengthy acquaintance with the continent and field experiences in western, eastern, and southern Africa allow for both a broad perspective and considerable depth in selected areas. The original examples are often the author's own but also come from other sources and languages t often referenced in the literature. This text also includes a set of sound files illustrating the phemena under discussion, be they the clicks of Khoisan, talking drums, or the ideophones (words like English lickety-split) found almost everywhere, which will make this book a valuable resource for teacher and student alike.
- Author(s)G. Tucker Childs
- PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co
- Date of Publication30/11/2003
- SubjectLanguage Learning (other than ELT)
- Place of PublicationAmsterdam
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- ImprintJohn Benjamins Publishing Co
- Content Notereferences, index
- Weight510 g
- Width160 mm
- Height240 mm
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