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By Jean-Marie Hombert, Larry M. Hyman

This assortment brings jointly many of the world's best Bantuists, in addition to one of the most promising more youthful students attracted to the background, comparability, and outline of Bantu languages. The Bantu languages, numbering as many as 500, were on the middle of state-of-the-art theoretical study in phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. in addition to the problems of category and inner sub-grouping, this quantity treats old and comparative elements of some of the major typological gains for which this language crew is understood: vowel peak concord, noun sessions, complicated tense-aspect platforms, and so forth. the result's a compilation that gives the main updated knowing of those and different matters that might be of curiosity not just to Bantuists and historic linguists, but additionally to these drawn to the phonological, morphological and semantic concerns bobbing up inside those hugely agglutinative Bantu languages.

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Are the few lexical forms frozen relics or have they diffused by contact? For these reasons, this feature has often been dismissed as of little diagnostic significance (Hinnebusch 1981: 75). My guesses are that, because it is not common crosslinguistically, it is diagnostically useful, and, following Meeussen and Herbert, that the most likely explanation for a geographical distribution from northern Historical classification of East African Bantu languages 25 East Africa south to Zambia and up west to an indeterminate point in the rain forest languages is inheritance from PB rather than lexical diffusion.

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