New perspectives on the genetic classification of Manda (Bantu N.11)

Statement of Responsibility:
Gray, Hazel and Tim Roth
Date:
2016
Abstract:
Manda (N.11) is an under-documented Bantu language in southwestern Tanzania, with most mention of its closest genetic affiliation in the work of Nurse (1988). Nurse concludes that Manda belongs with the Southern Tanzania Highlands (SH) subgroup based primarily on phonological evidence. This paper uses new data from workshops and surveys conducted by SIL International to show that Nurse’s conclusion does not take into account the necessary dialectal information, namely that the Matumba dialect (which Nurse uses) is phonologically distinct from the remaining Manda dialects. Lexicostatistical, phonological,and sociohistorical evidence is taken into account. Further, in light of this new evidence, we propose two likely historical scenarios, both of which posit that Manda is most closely genetically affiliated with the Rufiji subgroup.
Extent:
38 pages
Table of Contents:
1 Introduction and background -- 2 Dialectometry and lexicostatistical evidence -- 3 Phonological evidence -- 4 Sociohistorical evidence -- 5 Synthesis and conclusion -- Appendix A: Lexicostatistics -- Appendix B: 296-item wordlist for corpus languages -- References
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Phonology
historical linguistics
dialectology
Bantu
Country:
Tanzania
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