Natlang feature question
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 25, 2005, 0:57|
Recently, when trying to get some info about Mòoré, the main language
of Burkina Faso, I encountered interestingly related words in that
Town name: Ouagadougou
Dialect name: Ouapadoupou
What's the system behind the relation of these words?
Lang name: Mòoré
People: Moaaga (sg), Mossi (pl)
Again: how do these derive from what roots or stems?
I'd like to know some principles of how this or the grammar of related
languages work. The Ethnologue.com gives the classification:
Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central,
Northern, Oti-Volta, Western, Northwest.
Does anyone recognise something typical in grammars of languages of
these kinds in the above examples? (Some languages I knew of from the
Niger-Congo family, which I assume are better studied, would be Igbo,
Ewe and Yoruba, but I don't know how closely related languages in this
Another (related) language I'm particularly interested in is Attié (a
native speaker pronounced that as [a't_j:I], I think). Seems quite
small, so I did not even find a primer. Its an Ivory Coast language
for which the ethnologue.com gives the following classification:
Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Kwa, Nyo, Attie.
And: where can I find information about tone languages that are
described as 'registered' tone languages (like Mòoré), that seem to be
frequent in Afrika?
I'd appreciate any information! :-)