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STUF - Language Typology and Universals

Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung

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Volume 70, Issue 2


Some reflections on genetic relationship in a group of West African Niger-Congo languages

Bernd Heine
Published Online: 2017-07-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0014


The linguistic history of the Ghana-Togo Mountain (GTM) languages, spoken in southeastern Ghana and the southern half of Togo, has been the subject of detailed research for more than a century. Nevertheless, there are still problems both with the external and the internal classification of the group. The present paper provides a state of the art overview of this research field. It is argued that linguistic reconstructions that can claim to provide credible hypotheses on genetic relationship patterns among languages are best based on the application of the comparative method.

Keywords: comparative method; GTM languages; method of resemblances; Proto-Buem

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Published Online: 2017-07-14

Published in Print: 2017-07-26

Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 70, Issue 2, Pages 273–281, ISSN (Online) 2196-7148, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0014.

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