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Benue-Congo noun class systems

Jan Voorhoeve

Benue-Congo noun class systems

by Jan Voorhoeve

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Published by West African Linguistic Society, Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden .
Written in English


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Statementedited by Jan Voorhoeve, Paul P. de Wolf from contributions by members of the Benue-Congo Working Group and other sources.
ContributionsDe Wolf, Paul P., Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Afrika-Studicentrum., West African Linguistic Society.
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Open LibraryOL21213208M

As far as a noun class system is concerned, while there is not an "elaborate” system of prefixes, the nouns in Tikar do very definitely fall into specific classes. Hag&ge () only saw "traces d'un syst&me h classes nominales" and Richardson (), while affirming the presence of noun classes, said that the system is unlike that found in.   Kinds of Noun Exercise for Class 6 With Answers CBSE – English Grammar In the previous lesson you learnt that – Noun is the name of a person, place, animal or things. All naming words such as boy, girl, Delhi, cow, tiger, scale etc. are nouns. There are five types of Noun: Proper Noun: A [ ].

2 Noun class systems: Description and theory Noun class system terminology Of central interest to this paper are the grammatical properties of entire noun class systems. Accordingly, it will be important to be able to clearly refer to their differ-ent facets here. I use the term noun class system for the entire set of grammatical. An analysis of noun classes in Tikar, a Benue-Congo language spoken in west central Cameroon, looks at patterns in the noun class system, concord system (possessives, demonstratives, demonstrative adjectives, demonstrative pronouns, third-person pronouns, relative pronouns, copula, adjectivals, and numerals) with an eye to determining whether Tikar .

Benue–Congo languages From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump t. No, Igbos are not Bantu. The Igbo and the Bantu languages are deemed to be part of the Niger-Congo language family, but there’s a great deal that separates them. The Bantu homeland is thought to have been along the border of what is now Nigeria an.


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The Noun-Class System of Proto-Benue-Congo. [Paul de Wolf]. Remnants of a noun class system in Bezen (Southern-Jukunoid) Viktoria Kempf, Hamburg Abstract Bezen looks like a typical Benue-Congo noun class language: A rich variety of prefixes adorn its nouns.

Contrary to the linguist’s expectation, the agreement system does not reflect the high number of nominal. A survey of Niger-Congo noun class agreement systems As pointed out by Good () for Benue-Congo, the noun class markers and pairings so distinctive of Niger-Congo languages are parts of a larger morphosyntactic system.

Although there are long-standing proposals concerning the noun class markers and some pairings for Pro. In linguistics, a noun class is a particular category of nouns.A noun may belong to a given class because of the characteristic features of its referent, such as gender, animacy, shape, but such designations are often clearly authors use the term "grammatical gender" as a synonym of "noun class", but others consider these different concepts.

parts of the noun class system, this might provide some insight into the ‘cognitive primitives’ speakers employ in the semantic organization of other nominal classifier systems. Bantu Noun Classes and the System of Grammatical Agreement The noun class systems presented in Table 1.

typically have several singular-plural pairings. Classification history Early classifications. Niger–Congo as it is known today was only gradually recognized as a linguistic unit.

In early classifications of the languages of Africa, one of the principal criteria used to distinguish different groupings was the languages' use of prefixes to classify nouns, or the lack thereof.A major advance came with the work of Sigismund Wilhelm.

class/concord systems of the Cross River languages correspond to points along a continuum or implicationa1 scale which may prove to be of value in establishing a typology of class/con­ cord systems throughout the Benue-Congo subbranch.

Introduction Cross River languages and the Benue-Congo east-west interface. In light. Title: Microsoft Word - Benue-Congo classification Author: Roger Blench Created Date: 6/24/ PM.

‘Like most Benue-Congo languages, Ibibio is tonal and is an example of a terraced level tone language.’ ‘By far the most populous branch of the Niger-Congo family is the Benue-Congo group that includes over languages.’.

Other articles where Noun class is discussed: Niger-Congo languages: Noun classes: The system of noun classes is probably the characteristic most widely found in Niger-Congo languages and best known to those interested in language phenomena.

Though the extent to which the system operates varies greatly, it is nonetheless found in some form in languages. Some non-Bantu languages (like Jukun and Kana) have lost the noun-class system.-Another distinctive feature of Benue-Congo languages is the system of agreement or concordance between noun modifiers and the noun i.e., they all share the same class prefix.

This concord extends also to the verb, and to the subject, object and relative markers. Afrikanistik online, Vol.Iss. 11,2 - Bezen looks like a typical Benue-Congo noun class language: A rich variety of prefixes adorn its nouns. Contrary to the linguist’s expectation, the agreement system does not reflect the high number of nominal prefixes but is reduced to four classes: One singular and three plural classes.

The significance of this work is that it suggests a possible idiosyncratic grammatical feature beyond noun class systems (and, possibly, verb extensions) that could be used to help more conclusively establish the relatedness of the proposed Niger-Congo sub-branches, even those, like Mande, where noun class systems are not attested.

Wolf, Paul Polydoor de () The Noun Class System of Proto-Benue-Congo (Thesis, Leiden University). The Hague/Paris: Mouton. Williamson, Kay () 'Benue-Congo Overview', pp. — in Bendor-Samuel, John & Rhonda L. Hartell (eds.) The Niger-Congo Languages — A classification and description of Africa's largest language family.

Lanham. In the first known grammar of an African language, a page study of Kongo, was published in Rome; it was the work of Giacinto Brusciotto, an Italian missionary, who notably described the characteristic noun class several other vocabularies and grammatical sketches followed, that century and the next saw a rather sparse number of.

Benue–Congo (sometimes called East Benue–Congo) is a major subdivision of the Niger–Congo language family which covers most of Sub-Saharan consists of two main branches: the Central Nigerian (or Platoid) languages, spoken mostly in Nigeria; the Bantoid–Cross languages, spoken in Nigeria, Cameroon and most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

This noun class has the following nouns: A). nouns that take KI- in singular and VI- in plural B). nouns that take CH- in singular and VY- in plural C).

body parts [sehemu za mwili] D). names of languages [majina ya lugha] A). Nouns that take KI-in singular and VI-in plural kiti/viti [chair/chairs] kitabu/vitabu [book/books].2 Studies in African Linguisitcs 39(1), 1.

Introduction Similarly to other Jóola languages, Eegimaa’s3 noun class system features noun class prefixes indicating noun class (and also verb4 class) membership and number.

In Eegimaa every noun is assigned to a class and participates in an. Swahili noun classes []. Swahili nouns are, like those in other Bantu languages, noted for a system of semantically based classing, which affects not only nouns but also their modifiers (adjectives, numbers, demonstratives) and verbs.

Just as gender accord is required in many Indo-European languages (e.g., French, Spanish, German, Russian), the modifiers and verbs associated with a given noun.