A Grammar of Luwo: An anthropological approach by Anne Storch

By Anne Storch

This ebook is an outline of Luwo, a Western Nilotic language of South Sudan. Luwo is utilized by multilingual, dynamic groups of perform as one language between others that shape person and versatile repertoires. it's a language that serves as a way of expressing the Self, as a medium of artwork and self-actualization, and occasionally as a medium of writing. it's spoken in the house and in public areas, by means of rather huge numbers of people that establish themselves as Luwo and as individuals of every kind of different teams. so that it will supply insights into those dynamic and various realities of Luwo, this booklet comprises either a concise description and research of the linguistic beneficial properties and buildings of Luwo, and an method of the anthropological linguistics of this language. The latter is gifted within the type of separate chapters on ownership, quantity, experiencer buildings, spatial orientation, conception and cognition. In all sections of this learn, sociolinguistic details is supplied anyplace this can be worthwhile and attainable, exact info at the semantics of grammatical good points and structures is given, and discussions of theory-oriented techniques to varied linguistic good points of Luwo are awarded.

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It is hoped that with an increasing interest in what the speakers themselves have to say, future studies on Luwo (and other languages of the Sudan) will also reflect local metalinguistic wisdom and the speakers’ ideas about what their language actually is. chapter 2 Phonology The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the phonological inventory and principle phonological processes of Luwo. As several phonological processes have an impact on the morphology and syntax, they will be described in more detail in the relevant sections throughout this book.

Different speakers exhibit significant differences in their articulation of the [+ex, +breathy] vowels. Some speakers tend to articulate breathiness with a lot of friction, while others articulate them as vowels with a [+atr] quality. Most speakers, however, articulate the vowels in such a way that [+brv] and [+atr] go together. This variation in the articulation of Luwo vowels requires an explanation. Maddieson points out that: […] in most languages in which ATR distinguishes two sets of vowels […], the difference is not simply in the tongue root gesture, but in the enlargement of the whole pharyngeal cavity, partly by the movement of the tongue root, but also by the lowering of the larynx.

It is not clear whether such songs were already becoming obsolete in Luwo-speaking communities in Santandrea’s time, but they are clearly not much remembered today. 2. A collection of an equally changing speech register is Santandrea (1967b), where prayers in Luwo are presented and discussed. This small study largely bases, besides Santandrea’s rich field data, on Maganotto’s (1925) volume on religion among this group. Explanatory texts in Jur, with translations and comments, are presented in Santandrea (1977).

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