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Title: A grammar of Angas
Authors: Burquest, Donald Arden
Keywords: Afro-Asiatic Languages
Chadic Languages
Ngas
Angas
Issue Date: 1973
Publisher: University of California, Los Angeles
Abstract: Angas is a member of the Plateau Cluster of the Plateau-Sahel Group of the Chadic language family. It is the first language of approximately 130,000 persons living in Benue-Plateau State in northern Nigeria. This dissertation is based upon field research conducted during a period of resi-dency in the Angas area from January 1968 to April 1970. Angas is not an unstudied language, but presentations of the grammar have to this point been very incomplete. This is the first attempt to present a complete description of Angas grammatical structure within the framework of modern linguistics. A transformational model similar to that de-veloped in Chomsky's Aspects of the Theory of Syntax is used, with discussions of nominalization and pronominaliza-tion forming major sections. Phonology is discussed only briefly, with the reader referred to a published study by the author. When compared to other Chadic languages (Dera, Ga'anda, Hausa, Margi, Sura, and Tera are referred to in the dissertation), Angaz is at times conspieuou6 both in the rules which it omits and in those which it has. Further, in the literature the clesification of Angas has been the subject of some dispute. The discussion is reviewed and further relevant data brought to light. Included in the relevant discussion are (1) evidence for the presence in Angas of the Chadic m- prefix of location, agent, and instru-ment, which appears as a preposition and in an alternate form of specific lexical 11,:ms when occurring in nominalized constructions; (2) a hypothesis regarding the origin of third person pronominal forms in Angas which are not typical-ly Chadic (the plural form appears to be an extension of the pluralizing morpheme, while the non-characteristic sin-gular form appears to1..)e related to the -ka of the Hausa relative perfective aspect). This description is limited for the most part to the sentence as the highest unit of discourse. Some comments are made which refer to ,-tructure larger in scope than the sentence, but they are not formulated.
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