Korandje Language

Korandje Language

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Korandje is by far the most northerly of the Songhay languages. It is spoken around the oasis of Tabelbala by about 3000 people; its name literally means "village's language." While retaining a basically Songhay structure, it is extremely heavily influenced by Berber and Arabic; about 20% of the 100-word Swadesh list of basic vocabulary consists of loans from Arabic or Berber, and the proportion of the lexicon as a whole is considerably higher. The only published studies of Korandje based on first-hand data are Cancel, a 45-page article by a French lieutenant covering basic grammar and vocabulary and a couple of sample texts; Champault, an anthropological study containing some incidental linguistically relevant materials such as sentences and rhymes; Tilmatine, an article revisiting Cancel and Champault and adding about a page of new data recorded by the author; and Souag, the former arguing the case for Western Berber loans in the lexicon, the latter studying the effect of contact with Berber and Arabic on its grammar.show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 127g
  • Duct Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135971875
  • 9786135971873