Päri language

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Päri
Lokoro
Native to South Sudan
Region Blue Nile State
Ethnicity Pari people
Native speakers
unknown (28,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lkr
Glottolog pari1256[3]

Päri, or Lokoro, is a Luo language of South Sudan. Päri has been claimed to have ergative alignment,[4] which is rare-to-nonexistent in African languages, although recent descriptions of the language have instead described the case system as marked nominative (nominative–absolutive).[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Päri at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Reh, Mechthild (1996): Anywa Language: Description and Internal Reconstructions. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. p.5
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pari". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ T. Anderson (1988) 'Ergativity in Päri, a Nilotic OVS language', Lingua 75:289–324, cited in R.M.W. Dixon (1994) Ergativity
  5. ^ G. Dimmendaal (2010) 'Differential Object Marking in Nilo-Saharan' Journal of African Linguistics and Languages 31:13-46
  6. ^ C. König 2008 'Case in Africa' Oxford University Press