A Grammar of Makary Kotoko

In A Grammar of Makary Kotoko, Sean Allison provides a thorough description and analysis of Makary Kotoko - a Central Chadic language of Cameroon, framing the discussion within R.M.W. Dixon’s (2010a, 2010b, 2012) Basic Linguistic Theory. Working with an extensive corpus of recorded texts supplemented by interactions with native speakers of the language, the author provides the first full grammar of a Kotoko language. The detailed analysis of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse features of Makary Kotoko is from a functional/typological perspective. Being based on a large number of oral texts, the analysis provides an example-rich description showing the range of variation of the constructions presented while giving insights into Kotoko culture.

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Sean Allison, Ph.D. (2012), University of Colorado (Boulder), is Associate Professor of Linguistics and MA in Linguistics Program Director at Trinity Western University’s Canada Institute of Linguistics. Dr Allison is also involved in language development work with SIL Cameroon for the Kotoko languages.
Those interested in Chadic linguistics - specifically the Kotoko subgroup, languages of Cameroon, a typological/functional approach to language description and analysis following R.M.W. Dixon’s version of Basic Linguistic Theory