ERIC Number: ED032537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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The Problems in the Classification of the African Languages; Methodological and Theoretical Conclusions Concerning the Classification System of Joseph H. Greenberg. Studies on Developing Countries No.5.
The present work deals with Africanistic problems, raising questions of interest for general linguists, and linguists working in Indo-European, Finno-Ugric, and other special branches. The first two chapters deal with the field and difficulties of African studies and the general characterization of the African languages. Following chapters discuss Greenberg's attempt at a classification, his documentation and evidence, the evaluation of his evidence and his classification system. The author also discusses deficiencies in Greenberg's documentation, and theoretical and methodological objections to Greenberg's theses. Notes and references, and a bibliography conclude the volume. (AMM)
Descriptors: African Languages, Artificial Languages, Diachronic Linguistics, Language Classification, Language Research, Language Typology
Center for Afro-Asian Research, Academy of Sciences, Dimitrov ter 8, Budapest IX, Hungary
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Authoring Institution: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Center for Afro-Asian Research.
Identifiers: Greenberg (Joseph H)
Note: Expanded version of paper published in Hungarian in "Nyelvtudomanyi Kozlemenyek"; v67 n1 p41-111, 1965