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More than 40 years in the past it was once proven that the African continent might be divided into 4 designated language households. study on African languages has as a result been preoccupied with reconstructing and realizing similarities throughout those households. This has intended that an curiosity in different kinds of linguistic courting, 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 learn. This 2007 e-book exhibits that such similarities throughout African languages are extra universal than is commonly believed. It presents a wide point of view on Africa as a linguistic quarter, in addition to an research of particular linguistic areas. with a purpose to have a greater figuring out of African languages, their buildings, and their background, additional information on those contact-induced relationships is vital to realizing Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its heritage and prehistory.
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