Classification and description of the Chadic languages of the Guéra (East Chadic B)

Statement of Responsibility:
Lovestrand, Joseph
Date:
2012
Abstract:
East Chadic B is a subbranch composed of twenty languages of the Chadic family (Afroasiatic phylum) located in and around the Guéra region in the Republic of Chad. This paper draws attention to this underdocumented group of languages by looking back over the history of taxonomical, descriptive and comparative studies. Data gathered in past studies are compiled together with data from recent field work into the most comprehensive comparative study to date. An updated internal classification, based on the results of this study, is presented. Among other modifications proposed, a currently unclassified language, Kujarge, is shown to be a member of the East Chadic B subbranch. Finally, information from grammatical studies of sixteen languages is compiled into a first step towards a typological overview of East Chadic B languages.
Extent:
59 pages
Subject:
vowel
Phonology
lexicostatistic
Guera
East Chadic
description
CV structure
consonant
Comparison
classification
Chad
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Chad
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