A Grammar of the Kilba Language
Mohammed Aminu Mu’azu
University of Bayreuth
This book presents a detailed description of Kilba, a language of the Bata-Marghi sub-group of the Chadic family 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. On the nominal, the book treats nouns, adjectives, pronouns and adverbs, while the verbal morphology discusses the derivational and inflectional aspects of the verbs. Finally, 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.
Mohammed Aminu Mu’azu holds a PhD in General Linguistics from the University of Maiduguri, where he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. He was born in Gombi Local Government area of Adamawa State in 1968 and attended Gombi One Central Primary School, Adamawa from 1974 -1980. He also attended Government Science Secondary School Gashua, Yobe State from 1980 -1985. After a one year remedial programme at College of Preliminary Studies Yola, Adamawa State from 1986-1987, he then proceeded to the University of Maiduguri in 1987 and without break obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in General Linguistics in 2003. This book was written during his tenure as lecturer in the Department of African Studies (Afrikanistik II), University of Bayreuth, Germany (2008 - 2010). He has also published articles on various linguistic fields of the Kilba language in international journals of languages and linguistics.
ISBN 9783895866654. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 76. 198 pp. 2009.