A sketch of dialectal variation in Mano

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Khachaturyan , M 2018 , ' A sketch of dialectal variation in Mano ' , Mandenkan , no. 59 . https://doi.org/10.4000/mandenkan.1308

Title: A sketch of dialectal variation in Mano
Author: Khachaturyan, Maria
Contributor: University of Helsinki, General Linguistics
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 25
Belongs to series: Mandenkan
ISSN: 0752-5443
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313230
Abstract: This paper gives a preliminary account of the dialectal situation of Mano, a South Mande language. Mano has at least three varieties in Guinea and three varieties in Liberia. The focus of the paper is a comparison between the central Guinean dialect, Maa, and the southernmost Liberian variety, with some additional information from other Guinean and Liberian varieties. Some patterns of variation in phonology, morphosyntax and lexicon are presented. The paper argues that some of the dialectal differences in Mano could be explained by different contact situations: while in the North, and especially in Guinea, Mano is influenced by Kpelle, which was in turn influenced by Manding, in the South of Liberia, Mano is influenced by Dan. The patterns of spread of common Mano – Kpelle – Manding vocabulary show a complex multilayered picture of horizontal contact between Mano and Kpelle and across different dialects, of old contact with Manding via trade and a more recent introduction of Manding borrowings intensified (or motivated) by the translation practices of the Guinean missionaries and limited by political borders between Guinea and Liberia.
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