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Les Zaars et leurs voisins

Abstract : Zaar has features which distinguish it typologically from other Southern Bauchi West Chadic languages. This paper discusses a hypothesis according to which this is due to the history of its speakers. Two contrary movements can be observed: a movement of convergence due to population contacts between speakers of SBW and both Niger-Congo and other Chadic languages; and a movement of dialect differentiation among former hill-dwellers whose geographical and ecological conditions allowed them to enjoy limited self-sufficiency. This led to the creation of a local Sprachbund. Evolutionary movements could be imagined that, rather than following the branching model, would be rhizome-like and behave heterogeneously by jumping from one already differentiated line to another.
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Bernard Caron. Les Zaars et leurs voisins. XIIIe colloque international du Réseau Méga-Tchad, Maroua, 31 octobre - 3 novembre 2005, Oct 2005, Maroua, Cameroun. pp.639-657. ⟨halshs-00643986⟩



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