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
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 22, 2020.
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Joswig, A. “The Majang Language.” 2019. Web. 22 Sep 2020.
Joswig A. The Majang Language. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. LOT; 2019. [cited 2020 Sep 22].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/73814.
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Joswig A. The Majang Language. [Doctoral Dissertation]. LOT; 2019. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/73814