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1. Joswig, A. The Majang Language.

Degree: 2019, LOT

Majang is a Nilo-Saharan language of the Surmic subfamily spoken in Southwest Ethiopia. This language provides an interesting subject for phonological, morphosyntactic and pragmatic studies, particularly from a typological perspective. Majang is a tonal language with two tones and two different sources of non-automatic downstep; the tones distinguish meaning both in the lexicon and in the grammar. As would be expected from an Eastern-Sudanic language, Majang features an intricate number-marking system, where numerous inflectional strategies are chosen for the different nouns of the lexicon. This number marking interacts with the case marking of Majang, which is one of the few African languages with clearly manifested ergative-absolutive structures, balanced by an alternative system with nominative-absolutive markings; the deciding factor between the two systems is deeply grounded in the pragmatic context of the predications. The topicality of constituents not only influences the case-marking strategies, but has further manifestations in a topicality-based sentence-final marker and in a syntactic distinction mostly known from Bantu languages, the conjoint-disjoint distinction. This language description covers a wide range of topics: sociolinguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax and pragmatics, supplemented by two interlinearized texts and two wordlists (Majang-English and English-Majang). Advisors/Committee Members: Supervisor: Mous M. Co-Supervisor: Lojenga C.K..

Subjects/Keywords: Nilo-Saharan; Surmic; ergative-absolutive marking; differential case marking; topicality; conjoint/disjoint distinction; grammatical tone; Nilo-Saharan; Surmic; ergative-absolutive marking; differential case marking; topicality; conjoint/disjoint distinction; grammatical tone

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APA (6th Edition):

Joswig, A. (2019). The Majang Language. (Doctoral Dissertation). LOT. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1887/73814

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Joswig, A. “The Majang Language.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, LOT. Accessed September 19, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1887/73814.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Joswig, A. “The Majang Language.” 2019. Web. 19 Sep 2020.

Vancouver:

Joswig A. The Majang Language. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. LOT; 2019. [cited 2020 Sep 19]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/73814.

Council of Science Editors:

Joswig A. The Majang Language. [Doctoral Dissertation]. LOT; 2019. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/73814

2. Möller, Mirjam. Vowel Harmony in Bale : A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia.

Degree: Section for General Linguistics, 2009, Stockholm UniversityStockholm UniversityStockholm University

ATR, advanced tongue root, is a phonological feature among vowels. As vowels assimilate to share the same value of that feature, they display ATR harmony. This is a common phenomenon among many African languages. ATR harmony is examined in this paper as manifested across morpheme boundaries wihin nouns in a Surmic language of Ethiopia called Bale. The data presented was collected at a workshop on ATR harmony held by SIL International in Mizan Teferi, Ethiopia, 2009. The vowel system in Bale displays a nine vowel inventory with a feature dominance of [+ATR] vowels which spread their feature both leftward and rightward to recessive [–ATR] vowels. The [+ATR] dominance is also present as a floating feature without any phonological material. The vowel /a/ is analysed as a neutral vowel, co-occuring with both [+ATR] and [–ATR] vowels within roots.

Subjects/Keywords: Vowel harmony; African linguistics; phonology; ATR; Surmic languages; Bale; Kacipo-Balesi; nominal suffixes; General Language Studies and Linguistics; Jämförande språkvetenskap och allmän lingvistik

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APA (6th Edition):

Möller, M. (2009). Vowel Harmony in Bale : A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia. (Thesis). Stockholm UniversityStockholm UniversityStockholm University. Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29444

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Möller, Mirjam. “Vowel Harmony in Bale : A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia.” 2009. Thesis, Stockholm UniversityStockholm UniversityStockholm University. Accessed September 19, 2020. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29444.

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Möller, Mirjam. “Vowel Harmony in Bale : A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia.” 2009. Web. 19 Sep 2020.

Vancouver:

Möller M. Vowel Harmony in Bale : A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia. [Internet] [Thesis]. Stockholm UniversityStockholm UniversityStockholm University; 2009. [cited 2020 Sep 19]. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29444.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Möller M. Vowel Harmony in Bale : A study of ATR harmony in a Surmic language of Ethiopia. [Thesis]. Stockholm UniversityStockholm UniversityStockholm University; 2009. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29444

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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