Heath, Jeffrey

Resources by Others:

Dogon and Bangime Linguistics

Languages: Dogon, Toro So

This is the website for a project on Dogon languages, also including the Bangime language (a language isolate spoken by a culturally Dogon group). The Principal Investigator is Jeffrey Heath of the University of Michigan. Other fieldworkers are (or have been) Kirill Prokhorov, Laura McPherson, Abbie Hantgan, and the late Stefan Elders.

Subjects: Dictionary, Grammar

A Grammar of Tamashek (Tuareg of Mali)

Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter, 2005
Language: Tamasheq

This is a comprehensive description of Tamashek Tuareg spoken in Mali. The varieties covered in this volume are those of Tamashek in the narrow sense, excluding Tawellemett but including the other Malian varieties (Goundam, Timbuktu, Gao, Ansongo, Kidal, and the Gourma area south of the Niger River including Gosi and the outskirts of Hombori).

Also available as an eBook.

Subject: Grammar

A Grammar of Koyra Chiini

The Songhay of Timbuktu
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter, 1999

Also available as an eBook.

Subject: Grammar

Dictionnaire touareg du Mali

Un dictionnaire tamachek / anglais / français
Publisher: Karthala, 2006
Language: Tamasheq

Ce dictionnaire touareg du Mali porte sur un parler jusqu'alors peu connu de ce vaste ensemble. Il comporte de nombreuses variantes dialectales et fournit les identifications scientifiques des espèces naturelles (flore, faune). Des commentaires linguistiques et autres, ainsi que des renvois aux dictionnaires du touareg du Niger et d'Algérie en font un outil utile pour tous ceux qui s'intéressent à cette langue et à cette culture.

Subject: Dictionary

Texts in Koroboro Senni

Songhay of Gao, Mali
Publisher: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 1998

Koroboro Senni is the Songhay language spoken in the city of Gao (northern Mali), the capital of the Songhay Empire of the late Middle Ages. The language extends along the Niger River, west to Bamba and east to the border with the Republic of Niger. The major dialectal differences involve the Bamba area in the west versus the mainstream dialect (from the Gao area to the border).

Subject: Texts

Texts in Koyra Chiini

Songhay of Timbuktu, Mali
Publisher: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 1998

Koyra Chiini is a Songhay language spoken along the Niger River in northern Mali. This volume contains texts from the fabled city of Timbuktu (152 pp.), a nearby village (24 pp.), and the town Niafunké (94 pp.). It also includes 118 pages of texts in Djenné Chiini, a closely related variety spoken in the enclave city of Djenné. The transcriptions respect dialectal variations.

Subject: Texts

Tondi Songway Kiini (Songhay, Mali)

Reference Grammar And TSK-English-French Dictionary

Only recently discovered by linguistic scholars, Tondi Songway Kiini (TSK) is a tonal language spoken in the small country of Mali in western Africa. Unlike other Songhay languages, TSK preserves the lexical and grammatical tones of its proto-language and also exhibits unique systems for the expression of focalization and relativization. Tondi Songway Kiini is a valuable overview of the grammar of an African language with a tone system quite different from that of the more familiar Bantu system. It is also an irreplaceable guide to the grammar and meanings of this unusual African language.

Subjects: Dictionary, Grammar

A Grammar of Koyraboro (Koroboro) Senni

The Songhay of Gao, Mali
Publisher: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 1999

After a general introduction to the language of Koyraboro Senni, the history of the people, and the geography of the region, the grammar proceeds with an overview of the grammatical system of Koyraboro Senni. This is followed by chapters on phonology, the categorical components and the structure of noun phrases, verbal derivation, and the structure of verb phrases. The syntax-discourse material is organized into a chapter on discourse-functional elements and their syntax, a chapter covering a range of traditional clause-level syntactic phenomena, and a final chapter focusing on anaphora.

Subjects: Phonology, Grammar