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ERIC Number: ED210934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Dialects of Mandekan.
Bird, Charles S., Ed.
The dialects of Mandekan, a language spoken widely in West Africa, are described. The information was collected for the benefit of students of the languages, developers of texts in any of the dialects, and researchers in Mandekan-speaking areas. A phonetic grid of vowels, consonants, and tone establishes a broad system of symbols for transcription of Mandekan speech. The linguistic criteria that divide one dialect from another include various sound change processes and morphological differences that give a normative grouping of major dialects. The sound differences occur in initial consonants, medial consonants, vowels, and tone, while the morphological changes involve the noun phrase, the verb phrase, postpositions, and sentence types. The three major regions--Bambara, Dyula, and Maninka-Mandinka--are divided into the dialects occurring there for specific local descriptions. A bibliography is appended. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Africa
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act Title VI