Aspects of Reduplication in Languages of Cameroon and Senegal
Pius N. Tamanji & Gabriel M. Mba (eds.)
Université de Yaoundé I
The present volume contains a study of reduplication in a variety of African languages and from different analytical perspectives. In all, the volume brings together thirteen papers with data from 15 languages in Cameroon and 1 in Senegal. While some of the papers give new impetus to issues of reduplication, others reflect the broad perspective of studies on reduplication as practised today.
Six papers on Isu, Medumba, Bafut, Nweh and Bantu zone A languages analyse a variety of reduplication phenomena using fairly recent theoretical models including MDT, generative grammar and discourse analysis. Major issues covered include the widespread palatal infix in Grassfields Bantu, a nasal infix in lexical reduplication, sources and patterns of association of reduplication tones, reduplication as a syntactic phenomenon and the role of reduplication in discourse.
Seven other papers on Bambele, Ghomala’, Fe’fe’, Limbum, Saafi Saafi, Mengisa and Kenyang present an interesting array of data on reduplication and, in addition, reflect a broad perspective of studies on reduplication. The diversity of approaches adopted makes interesting reading and represent, as such, a first step that may ultimately lead to a more thorough understanding of reduplication in African languages.
Table of contents
High vowel reduplication and infix genesis in Isu (West Ring)
Sources of tones and patterns of their assignment to reduplicated forms in Bafut
Ayu’nwi N. Neba
Morphological and Phonologically-induced Insertion in Word Reduplication and Syntactic Repetition in Grassfields Bantu
Reduplication, word categories and sentence structure in Bafut
Pius N. Tamanji
Productive and Non-productive reduplication patterns in Bantu Zone A (Northwest) languages
Gratien G. Atindogbé and Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka
Nweh Reduplication Patterns
Justina Atemajong Njika
Reduplication in Saafi-Saafi
Modes and mechanisms of reduplication in Limbum
A morpho-syntactic account of reduplication in Béèmbéléè
Gabriel Delmon Djomeni
Notes on reduplication in Kenyang
La Réduplication en ghómaàlaà’
La reduplication en fe’efe’e
Processus phonologiques et semantique de la reduplication en Beti-Fang : Le cas de la variante mengisa
Julia Ndibnu Messina Ethe
ISBN 9783862883059. LINCOM Studies in Language Typology 23. 201pp. 2012.