A Linguistic Geography of Africa (Cambridge Approaches to

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ISBN: 0521182697
EAN: 9780521182690
ASIN: 0521182697
Publisher: Cambridge collage Press
Publication Date: 2011-02-17
Number of Pages: 390
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More than 40 years in the past it was once tested that the African continent should be divided into 4 unique language households. study on African languages has for this reason been preoccupied with reconstructing and knowing similarities throughout those households. This has intended that an curiosity in other forms of linguistic courting, equivalent 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 e-book exhibits that such similarities throughout African languages are extra universal than is commonly believed. It offers a huge viewpoint on Africa as a linguistic sector, in addition to an research of particular linguistic areas. with the intention to have a greater knowing of African languages, their constructions, and their historical past, additional info on those contact-induced relationships is vital to figuring out Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its heritage and prehistory.

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His main base of Gunjur was taken, and he was forced to flee to the Casamance. There, he was arrested by French authorities and deported to Cayor, where he died. Kabba was driven into the Casamance in 1892; from there, he continued to support those Gambians dissatisfied with British rule. Periodically, his followers would go on raids into the Gambia and retreat to French territory before effective pursuit could be organized. In 1900, Travelling Commissioner C. F. Sitwell and other members of his party were killed at Sankandi, a town known to be allied to Kabba.

Seeking basic religious, social, and political reforms, the Marabouts and their growing number of followers attacked the traditional Mandinka—Soninke— systems of rule in the kingdoms of the Gambia. Thus began the halfcentury of internecine conflicts known as the Soninke–Marabout Wars. The first major test between the old order and the new religious beliefs occurred in the south bank kingdom of Kombo in the 1850s, where Marabout forces challenged the Soninke ruler, Suling Jatta, and eventually killed him in 1855.

From its base at Bathurst, the local administration mounted a number of punitive expeditions against both the traditional rulers and their Marabout challengers. THE SONINKE–MARABOUT WARS The most fundamental changes in the 19th century were introduced by proselytizing Muslim teachers, known as Marabouts. Islam had made slow but steady progress among the peoples of the Senegambia during the previous two centuries. The religious revival that had wrought such great reforms in the societies of Futa Toro, Macina, Futa Jallon, and northern Nigeria reached the Senegambia by the 1850s.

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