Advanced search
Add to list

A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a special focus on Cabinda

Heidi Goes (UGent)
(2022)
Author
Promoter
(UGent) and (UGent)
Organization
Project
  • KONGOKING (Political centralization, economic integration and language evolution in Central Africa: An interdisciplinary approach to the early history of the Kongo kingdom)
  • BANTUFIRST (The First Bantu Speakers South of the Rainforest: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Human Migration, Language Spread, Climate Change and Early Farming in Late Holocene Central Africa)
Abstract
This doctoral dissertation aims at gaining a better understanding of how the Kikongo Language Cluster (KLC) in its present configuration and with a special focus on Cabinda was shaped through time. It does so by adopting a historical-comparative linguistic approach to phonological, morphophonological and morphological variation which current-day language varieties manifest amongst each other and with regard to historical varieties for which documentation is available. This diachronic study spanning nearly four centuries and focusing on phonology and morphology complements earlier studies on the history of the KLC within the BantUGent research group, especially the lexicon-based phylogenetic classifications. It has relied on the vast, multi-faceted and long-range documentation on the KLC accumulated since the KongoKing project (2012-2016) and continued during the BantuFirst project (2018-2023). This PhD thesis is cumulative and includes four articles pertaining to Bantu spirantization and 7 > 5V reduction, progressive vowel harmony involving verb derivational suffixes, vowel harmony as part of the broader morphophonology of the verb ending * ide, and diminutive marking. These are preceded by an introduction including several original language maps of Cabinda, Angola, and other data from several successive fieldwork missions. The conclusions present answers to the dissertation’s four main research questions, three pertaining to the historical development of the KLC and one to the planned promotion of the standardized language Ibinda across Cabinda.
Keywords
African languages, Phonology, Morphology, Standardization, Cabinda, Angola, Congo, DRC, Gabon

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Goes, Heidi. A Historical-Comparative Approach to Phonological and Morphological Variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a Special Focus on Cabinda. Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, 2022.
APA
Goes, H. (2022). A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a special focus on Cabinda. Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium.
Chicago author-date
Goes, Heidi. 2022. “A Historical-Comparative Approach to Phonological and Morphological Variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a Special Focus on Cabinda.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Goes, Heidi. 2022. “A Historical-Comparative Approach to Phonological and Morphological Variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a Special Focus on Cabinda.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
Vancouver
1.
Goes H. A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a special focus on Cabinda. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy; 2022.
IEEE
[1]
H. Goes, “A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a special focus on Cabinda,” Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium, 2022.
@phdthesis{8748183,
  abstract     = {{This doctoral dissertation aims at gaining a better understanding of how the Kikongo Language Cluster (KLC) in its present configuration and with a special focus on Cabinda was shaped through time. It does so by adopting a historical-comparative linguistic approach to phonological, morphophonological and morphological variation which current-day language varieties manifest amongst each other and with regard to historical varieties for which documentation is available. This diachronic study spanning nearly four centuries and focusing on phonology and morphology complements earlier studies on the history of the KLC within the BantUGent research group, especially the lexicon-based phylogenetic classifications. It has relied on the vast, multi-faceted and long-range documentation on the KLC accumulated since the KongoKing project (2012-2016) and continued during the BantuFirst project (2018-2023). This PhD thesis is cumulative and includes four articles pertaining to Bantu spirantization and 7 > 5V reduction, progressive vowel harmony involving verb derivational suffixes, vowel harmony as part of the broader morphophonology of the verb ending * ide, and diminutive marking. These are preceded by an introduction including several original language maps of Cabinda, Angola, and other data from several successive fieldwork missions. The conclusions present answers to the dissertation’s four main research questions, three pertaining to the historical development of the KLC and one to the planned promotion of the standardized language Ibinda across Cabinda.}},
  author       = {{Goes, Heidi}},
  keywords     = {{African languages,Phonology,Morphology,Standardization,Cabinda,Angola,Congo,DRC,Gabon}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{IV, 418}},
  publisher    = {{Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy}},
  school       = {{Ghent University}},
  title        = {{A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a special focus on Cabinda}},
  year         = {{2022}},
}