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Bangime language documentation and description

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Language Bangime
Depositor Abbie Hantgan
Affiliation SOAS University of London
Location Mali
Collection ID 0399
Grant ID BCS-0537435, BCS-0853364, BCS-1263150
Funding Body National Science Foundation
Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

This collection provides a description of aspects of the phonology, morphology, and morphosyntax of Bangime. Bangime is a language isolate spoken in the Dogon language-speaking area of Central Eastern Mali. Although the Bangande, the speakers of Bangime, self-identify with the Dogon, their language bears practically no resemblance to the surrounding Dogon languages.


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Special characteristics

The Ph.D. thesis included in this collection provides an introduction to the Bangime language and the Bangime speakers. The thesis describes and analyses the grammar of Bangime. Bangime has limited productive morphological processes whereas Dogon languages are agglutinating, with productive morphemes to indicate inflectional and derivational verbal and nominal processes. Bangime has a complex tonal system. General tendencies of the tonal patterns are described, with the many exceptions which frequently occur also outlined. Nominal tonal melodies are apparent in plural forms. Objects in verb phrases receive tonal agreement with tones on the verb in accordance with the subject of the sentence. The tense, aspect, and mood system of the language is also complicated. Inflectional marking on the verb, auxiliaries, and the word order all contribute to the indication of the tense, aspect or mood of the sentence. An overview of these multifaceted phonological and morphological processes is provided in this dissertation with hypotheses as to how the language might have evolved.


Acknowledgement and citation

Users of any part of the collection should acknowledge Abbie Hantgan as the data collector and researcher. Users should also acknowledge as funders of the project the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education.

Individual speakers whose words and/or images are used should be acknowledged by name. Any other contributor who has collected, transcribed or translated the data or was involved in any other way should be acknowledged by name. All information on contributors is available in the metadata.

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Hantgan, Abbie. 2015. Bangime language documentation and description. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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