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07.12. Colloquium on African linguistics: A grammatical sketch of ǂHuan (Taa, Tuu) (Auer)

“A grammatical sketch of ǂHuan (Taa, Tuu)” - Talk by Daniel Auer (HU Berlin, Master's thesis defense) given within the digital colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When Dec 07, 2021 from 04:15 to 05:45
  • Where Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, room 410 & via Zoom
  • Contact Name Christfried Naumann (christfried.naumann (AT) hu-berlin.de, please contact for Zoom access information)
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Taa (also known as !Xoon) is the last vital language of the Tuu family with a few thousand speakers in eastern Namibia and south-western Botswana. ǂHuan is the southernmost Taa dialect (cf. Naumann 2014), located in south-central Botswana, east of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and north of the South African border. Initially, the thesis describes the sociolinguistic and classificatory background of Taa and ǂHuan as well as the metadata on the utilized material. The linguistic analysis constitutes the main part which focuses on nouns, verbs and the clause-level. The talk will contain a general summary of the thesis and a discussion of the critique that has been brought up by the reviewers.

References

Naumann, Christfried. 2014. Towards a genealogical classification of Taa dialects. In Tom Güldemann and Anne-Maria Fehn (eds.), Beyond 'Khoisan': Historical relations in the Kalahari Basin, 281-300. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.