ISBN 978-3-89645-426- Advances in Minority Language Research in Nigeria vol. I | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

This volume is a collection of articles based on papers which have been presented at the monthlyJos Linguistics Circle, held in the city of Jos in central Nigeria, together with an overview chapter surveying current linguistics research and language develop­ment in Nigeria.

The twelve articles are all written by specialists in Nigerian lan­guages and treat a wide range of subjects. General linguistics topics include phonetics (Biu-Mandara labio­coronals, inter­den­tal approximants in Bauchi, and the “ex­plosive bilabial nasal” of Ninkyop), phonology (vowel length in C’Lela and word-initial gemination in Cicipu), morpho­syntax (focus strategies in Rigwe, tense/­aspect/­manner marking in Ukaan, and verbal nouns in Jukun), semantics (of ut‑Ma’in noun classes), and dis­course (informa­tion structure encoded by verbal morphology in Central Kambari). Other chapters have socio­linguistic and interdisciplinary themes, including archaeology, Tarok oral traditions, and the use of Arabic script in present-day Nigeria.

The focus is on the minority languages of Nigeria: many of the languages discussed are severely underdescribed despite their fascinating properties, and this book will be a valuable resource for africanists and typologists alike.