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Issues in noun classification and noun class assignment in Gújjolay Eegimaa (Banjal) and other Jóola languages.

Sagna, S (2010) Issues in noun classification and noun class assignment in Gújjolay Eegimaa (Banjal) and other Jóola languages. Studies in African Linguistics, 39 (1). pp. 1-33.

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Abstract

In his book on gender Corbett observes that establishing the number of genders or noun classes in a given language ‘can be the subject of interminable dispute’ (1991: 145). Jóola languages like Gújjolaay Eegimaa (bqj, Atlantic, Niger-Congo) have noun class systems exhibiting irregular singular-plural matchings and complex agreement correspondences between controller nouns and their targets, resulting in endless disagreements among authors in Jóola linguistics. This paper addresses the issues surrounding noun class assignment in Gújjolaay Eegimaa (Eegimaa henceforth) and other Jóola languages. It provides a critical evaluation of the noun class assignment criteria used for those languages and proposes cross-linguistic and language-specific diagnostic criteria to account for the noun class system of Eegimaa and other related languages that exhibit a similar system.2

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a paper published as Sagna S (2010). Issues in noun classification and noun class assignment in Gújjolay Eegimaa (Banjal) and other Jóola languages. Studies in African Linguistics 39(1):1-33 Available online at: http://elanguage.net/journals/sal/issue/view/303
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Date Deposited : 01 Mar 2013 13:05
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:55
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/742638

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