The Benue-Gongola-Chad Basin : zone of ethnic and linguistic compression

We wish to emphasize the fact that so far our investigations have concentrated on documenting large bodies of data covering a number of linguistic units in an area which - as we hope to have demonstrated - displays a hig
We wish to emphasize the fact that so far our investigations have concentrated on documenting large bodies of data covering a number of linguistic units in an area which - as we hope to have demonstrated - displays a highly complex linguistic and ethnic structure. Our aim in the above remarks is essentially to throw out a challenge. In order to be able to interpret this situation in terms of the historic development of this zone of compression, further investigations are required, particularly regarding linguistic interference between Chadic and Niger-Congo languages in the south, as well as between Chadic and Nilo-Saharan languages, particularly Kanuri in the north-east and Songhay in the north-west. Ultimately, questions like the following are at stake: To what extent did the numerous Chadic languages preserve their original Hamitosemitic heritage? What is the impact of the Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan languages on individual Chadic languages in the respective border areas? In this context, detailed comparative studies between Chadic and Adamawa on the one hand, Chadic and Jukunoid and Chadic and Jarawan Bantu on the other hand as well as Chadic internal research, are urgently required.
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Author:H. Jungraithmayr, R. Leger
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-35658
Series (Serial Number):Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268 (02, 161)
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2006/12/18
Year of first Publication:1993
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2006/12/18
Source:IN : Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereiches 268 Band 2, Frankfurt am Main 1993 : 161-173
HeBIS PPN:190098538
Institutes:SFB 268
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Andere Sprachen
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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