A Grammar of the Kilba Language presents a detailed description of Kilba. Kilba Language is one of the endangered Nigerian languages. It is predominately spoken in the Adamawa State. Greenberg (1963) classified Kilba under the Bata-Marghi sub group of the Chadic languages of the Afro-Asiatic phylum.
The book describes some linguistic aspects of Kilba. As a preliminary to the main discussion, the geographical location of Kilba land, the culture and dialects of the Language are highlighted. The book then describes the Phonology, Morphology and Syntax of the Language. On phonology, the book treats the sound system, phonological processes and the tonal system of the language. The section on Morphology treats, in part, nominal and verbal morphology of the language. The section on Morphology treats, in part, nominal and verbal morphology of the language. In the section on nominal morphology, the book treats nouns, adjectives, pronouns and adverbs, while the section on verbal morphology discusses the derivational and inflectional aspects of the verbs. Concerning syntax, the book treats the various constituents that make up the two phrases: nominal and verbal. The book reveals the nature and restrictions that occur in the usage of the lexical items in the two phrases. Each of the items that occur in both the phrases are spelt out and phrase structure tree diagrams of some of the sentences are drawn and phrase structure rules are also established in order to show how the constituents are hierarchically related and finally, the concluding part of the book consists the vocabulary of the language alphabetically arranged.
Mohammed Aminu Mu'azu is Professor of Linguistics and lecturer in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Maiduguri-Nigeria. He has published over fifteen books on various endangered Nigerian Languages.
ISBN 9783862887309 (2nd edition). LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 76. 202pp. 2016.