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A Grammar of Kusaal

A Mabia (Gur) Language of Northern Ghana

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Agoswin Musah

Kusaal is a Mabia (traditional Gur) language spoken in north-eastern Ghana. Until recently, there was a paucity of linguistic research on the language, thus, the need for a concise and lucid grammar. The study adopts a holistic linguistic approach to language documentation and description drawing on a corpus of synchronic data collected on fieldtrips. The analysis of the data is guided by a confluence of structural and functional grammar approaches following Payne (1997) and Dixon’s (2010) Basic Linguistic Theory. The phonology, nouns and noun class systems, nominal modifiers and relator nouns, verbs, phrases, aspect and modality, clause structure, verb serialisation and pragmatically marked structures are considered together with a speech form similar to «signifying/playing the dozens».

BIC Classifications

  • Language (C)
    • linguistics (CF)
      • Grammar, syntax & morphology (CFK)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
  • Geographical (1)
    • Africa (1H)
      • Sub-Saharan Africa (1HF)
        • West Africa (1HFD)
          • Ghana (1HFDH)
  • Languages (2)
    • African languages (2H)
      • Other African languages (2HX)

BISAC Classifications

  • Foreign Language Study (FOR)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General (FOR000000)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / German (FOR009000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General (LAN000000)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation (LAN006000)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General (LAN009000)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Speech (LAN018000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • Anthropology (SOC002)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General (SOC002000)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural (SOC002010)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General (SOC008000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Linguistics (CF)
      • Grammar, syntax & morphology (CFK)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Africa (1H)
      • Sub-Saharan Africa (1HF)
        • West Africa (1HFD)
          • Ghana (1HFDH)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • African languages (2H)
      • Other African languages (2HX)