What Bantu child speech data tells us about the controversial semantics of Bantu Noun class system
Daniel Franck Idiata
Cames, Institut National des Sciences de Gestion, ADEC ; Libreville
The question of semantism of bantu nominal classes has and still rise heated debates between africanist linguists, in general, and bantuists, in particular. The present book, which come back on that exiting subject treat the question of the correlation between affixes of classes and semantic categorization in a new perspective, that of the language acquisition in children. lt is about comparing historical data (proto-Bantu reconstructions) and the reality of nominal class systems in synchrony with acquisitional strategies developed by children in the acquisition process of these systems by children.
ISBN 9783895864629. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 67. 170pp. 2005.