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By Bernd Heine,Derek Nurse

greater than 40 years in the past it used to be proven that the African continent could be divided into 4 precise language households. learn on African languages has for this reason been preoccupied with reconstructing and realizing similarities throughout those households. This has intended that an curiosity in other forms of linguistic dating, corresponding to no matter if structural similarities and dissimilarities between African languages are the results of touch among those languages, hasn't ever been the topic of significant examine. This 2007 publication exhibits that such similarities throughout African languages are extra universal than is greatly believed. It presents a extensive point of view on Africa as a linguistic sector, in addition to an research of particular linguistic areas. as a way to have a greater figuring out of African languages, their constructions, and their heritage, additional information on those contact-induced relationships is vital to figuring out Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its historical past and prehistory.

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