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ERIC Number: ED395504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 15
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Noun Classes in Tikar.
Stanley-Thorne, Carol
An analysis of noun classes in Tikar, a Benue-Congo language spoken in west central Cameroon, looks at patterns in the noun class system, concord system (possessives, demonstratives, demonstrative adjectives, demonstrative pronouns, third-person pronouns, relative pronouns, copula, adjectivals, and numerals) with an eye to determining whether Tikar is a bantoid language or not. It is concluded that it is a bantoid language, both genetically and typologically. The vocabulary is found to be reminiscent of Bantu, with a clear system of noun classes. While there is not an elaborate system of prefixes, the nouns fall into very definite classes, with a clear system of concord. It is proposed that an examination of the morphological and syntactic structure of Tikar's other constituents and its phonological characteristics would reveal marked similarities to the general features of southern bantoid language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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