Gerard Philippson is Professor of Bantu Languages at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales and is a member of the Dyamique de Langage research team of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon II University. He has mainly worked on comparative Bantu tonology. Other areas of interest include Afro-Asiatic, general phonology, linguistic classification and its correlation with population genetics.

chapter 1|12 pages


part |2 pages


chapter 3|17 pages

Segmental phonology

chapter 4|12 pages

Tone Charles Kisseberth and David Odden

chapter 7|18 pages

Bantu nominal morphology Francis Katamba

chapter 8|22 pages


chapter 9|21 pages

Historical linguistics Thilo C. Schadeberg

chapter 11|13 pages

Grammaticalization Tom Güldemann

part |2 pages


chapter 14|32 pages

Grassfields Bantu John R. Watters

chapter 15|26 pages

Basaá (A43) Larry M. Hyman

chapter 16|24 pages

Nen (A44) Maarten Mous

chapter 17|28 pages

Kp«¤ (A53) Gladys Guarisma

chapter 18|14 pages

Makaa (A83) Teresa Heath

chapter 20|21 pages

The B30 language group Lolke J. van der Veen

chapter 21|30 pages

Babole (C101) Myles Leitch

chapter 22|28 pages

Lega (Beya dialect) (D25) Robert Botne

chapter 23|25 pages

Bila (D32) Constance Kutsch Lojenga

chapter 26|17 pages

Rufiji-Ruvuma (N10, P10–20) David Odden

chapter 27|20 pages

Makhuwa (P30) Charles Kisseberth

chapter 28|15 pages

Western Savanna (K, R) Gabriele Sommer

chapter 29|28 pages

Herero (R31) Edward D. Elderkin

chapter 30|30 pages

Zone S Derek Gowlett