Participant: Christina Thornell
Mpiemo, classified as A86c in Malcolm Guthrie's classification, is a hitherto undescribed Bantu language spoken by a minority group with the same name, the largest part of whom live in the rainforests of western Central African Republic. Their society is currently going through radical cultural and socioeconomic changes as a consequence of the group's exposure to a multicultural setting during the last 50 years.
The present project aims to study both language structure and language change.
The focus of the description will be on the morphology due to its complexity. Data comes from informant work, questionnaries and tape recordings collected during two longer field trips. A third field trip is planned.
The project results will be made available in book and articles, as well as through conference presentations.
Thornell, Christina. 1999. Les classes nominales dans la langue mpiemo. Paper presented at Departement Lettres Modernes, Bangui Université, May 1999.
Thornell, Christina. 1999. Change in the nominal class system of the Bantu language Mpiemo. Paper presented at the 29th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL 29), helt at the State University of Leiden, August/September 1999.
Thornell, Christina. 2003. Data on the verb phrase in Mpiemo. In: Africa & Asia: Göteborg working papers on Asian and African languages and literatures, no 3, pp 91-122.
Thornell, Christina & Mechtild Tronnier. 1999. Morphological function, syllabic and phonetic form of nasal+plosive combinations in the Bantu language Mpiemo. In: Proceedings Fonetik 99 The Swedish Phonetics Conference (Gothenburg papers in theoretical linguistics, no 81), pp 137-140. Göteborg.
Thornell, Christina & Mechtild Tronnier. 2000. On the initial aggregation of nasality and stops in the Bantu language Mpiemo. In: Proceedings Fonetik 2000. The Swedish Phonetics Conference, pp 137-141. Skövde: Högskolan Skövde.