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SIL Electronic Working Papers 2012-004

Classification and description of the Chadic languages of the Guéra (East Chadic B)

Author  Lovestrand, Joseph
Abstract  East Chadic B is a subbranch composed of twenty languages of the Chadic family (Afroasiatic phylum) located in and around the Guéra region in the Republic of Chad. This paper draws attention to this underdocumented group of languages by looking back over the history of taxonomical, descriptive and comparative studies. Data gathered in past studies are compiled together with data from recent field work into the most comprehensive comparative study to date. An updated internal classification, based on the results of this study, is presented. Among other modifications proposed, a currently unclassified language, Kujarge, is shown to be a member of the East Chadic B subbranch. Finally, information from grammatical studies of sixteen languages is compiled into a first step towards a typological overview of East Chadic B languages.
  Classification and description of the Chadic languages of the Guéra (East Chadic B)
Published  2012
Country  Chad
Subjects  Comparative and historical studies
Phonological descriptions
Keywords  East Chadic; Chad; classification; description; comparison; bibliography; lexicostatistic; phonology; consonant; vowel; CV structure; Guéra