Samstag, 01. Juni 2019, 10:00 - 18:00 iCal

14th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium


Seminarraum 1, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Wien


Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 30. Mai 2019, 10:00 - 18:00

Freitag, 31. Mai 2019, 10:00 - 18:00

Among the African linguistic phyla, the Nilo-Saharan language group is a more recent one. After Joseph Greenberg had proposed this in 1963, arguments for and against the validity of the Phylum were brought up.

Though the existence of a Nilo-Saharan phylum is nowadays largely accepted, there are still diverging views about the internal relations, especially with regard to the kind and the degree of linguistic

relationship. Those among us, who remember the fruitful arguments of Lionel Bender and Christopher Ehret in the end of the last century, will agree that such discussions have helped us to understand the complexity of Nilo-Saharan.

Now, several decades later data on Nilo-Saharan languages have grown enormously. On the one hand, it will be important to further increase the knowledge of the individual languages. On the other hand, the analyses of the internal genetic or contact based relations will finally lead us to get a better understanding of the linguistic and historical complexity in Africa.

The fact that the Nilo-Saharan languages are spread over a large area in East, Central and West Africa also resulted in growing dissimilarities between the different linguistic groups. They are interrupted

by languages and families of the Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic phyla. This may lead us to the assumption that areal features may also have affected the Nilo-Saharan languages and vice versa.

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Ulrike Auer
Institut für Afrikawissenschaften