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

Titel: A sketch of dialectal variation in Mano
Författare: Khachaturyan, Maria
Upphovmannens organisation: General Linguistics
Department of Cultures
Datum: 2018
Språk: eng
Sidantal: 25
Tillhör serie: Mandenkan
ISSN: 0752-5443
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/mandenkan.1308
Permanenta länken (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313230
Abstrakt: 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.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Referentgranskad: Ja
Licens: cc_by_nc_sa
Användningsbegränsning: openAccess
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