Historical inferences from traditions of origins of Tarok and some Chadic languages in Central Nigeria

Authors

  • Selbut Longtau Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT), Jos

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15460/auue.2020.93.1.207

Keywords:

Tarokoid, West Chadic, linguistic geography, oral traditions and history

Abstract

Contact between the Tarokoid languages of Sur, Yangkam, Pe, Vaghat Cluster, Tarok and some Chadic languages found in southeast Plateau State of central Nigeria and its implications for the sketching of a history for the area is the main thesis of this work. A brief outline of oral traditions of origin of the sub-groupings of Tarok language is presented and interpreted in the light of linguistic data to illustrate how the methodology works. The underlying principles of this paper are based on the theoretical premise that oral traditions can shed some light in the interpretation of linguistic data and vice versa. Lexical items found in secondary sources and an Ngas wordlist I took were examined for cognates between the Chadic languages and Tarok proper.

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Received

2004-08-18

Accepted

2004-08-31

Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Longtau, S. (2020). Historical inferences from traditions of origins of Tarok and some Chadic languages in Central Nigeria. Afrika Und Übersee, 93(1), 119–157. https://doi.org/10.15460/auue.2020.93.1.207

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Endangered languages in contact: Nigeria’s Plateau languages