A Historical-Comparative Reconstruction of Nilo-Saharan by Christopher Ehret

By Christopher Ehret

Nilo-Saharan is likely one of the 4 significant language households at the African continent. It extends eastwards from the Niger to Western Ethiopia and extra southwards to Northern Tanzania. whereas the prestige of Nilo-Saharan as a phylum has been mostly authorized in view that Greenberg (1963), the interior class has remained arguable. the current quantity is meant as a decisive contribution in the direction of the verification of the inner dating of the Nilo-Saharan languages. utilizing common sound correspondences for verifying degrees of inner courting was once began within the Eighties, yet this paintings takes up the implications completed hitherto and keeps from this foundation. New resources are considered: except reconstructing consonants, vowels and tone, the learn additionally contains derivational and inflectional morphology in addition to pronouns. The e-book contains major elements. the 1st half (chapter 2-8) is devoted to the reconstruction of consonants, vowels and tone, to the subclassification of Nilo-Saharan, verbal and nominal derivation, inflection and the pronominal method. the second one half (chapter nine) is an etymological dictionary of 1,606 roots, complemented by means of annotations and reflexes of the roots within the specific languages. greater than 10,000 roots are stated without delay. The research of the 1st half (chapter 2-8) relies at the information prepared in bankruptcy nine. an important results of Ehret's paintings matters the connection of Songay within the Nilo-Saharan context. the writer argues convincingly that Songay may be considered as an crucial member of the Nilo-Saharan kinfolk. Connections with Mande needs to be noticeable as borrowings from Songay into Mande. moreover, the proven normal sound correspondences and the reconstructed Proto-Nilo-Saharan vocabulary permit for drawing up phonological histories of every language and distinguishing among personal loan as opposed to long term inherited phrases.

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Eváṃrūpaṃ hí sá tenā́ śanam ā́ vayat of-such-kind Ptc. ’ Similar examples from the other early dialects could be cited, such as the Italic inscription of Praeneste (Example 84), or the Germanic Gallehus inscription: 91. 4. 6, the subject was mandatory, and accordingly two nominal forms had come to be standard for the sentence. If however the subject is not taken into consideration, many sentences contained only one nominal element with verbs, in the early dialects as well as in PIE. html Proto-Indo-European Syntax: Chapter 3: Nominal Modifiers 3.

Html 10 Proto-Indo-European Syntax: Chapter 3: Nominal Modifiers As Delbrück pointed out (1900:102-103), the position of the attributive genitive is the same as that of the attributive adjective. A striking example is given from the Old English legal language (Delbrück 1900:102): 33. 15 (Delbrück 1878:43): 34. kíṃ nas tátaḥ syād íti? prathamabhakṣsá evá sómasya what us then it-might-be Ptc. first-enjoyment Ptc. of-soma rā́ jña íti of-the-prince Ptc. ’ The relatively frequent marked use of the genitive may be the cause for the apparently free position of the genitive in Greek and Latin.

For though Jacobi discerned that PIE was OV, as are Japanese and the Altaic and Dravidian languages, he failed to interrelate the syntactic constructions expected in each of these types. This shortcoming may have resulted from the concern of his time for surface characteristics rather than for abstract syntactic patterns. For example, though Jacobi correctly saw that PIE and Japanese were similar in syntactic pattern, he confined himself to a review of morphological features (1897:111-115) without discussing syntactic patterns.

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