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WERNER, Alice. (Denison Ross) (Daniel Jones)

Title The Language-Families of Africa. With a Preface by Sir E Denison Ross. And a Map. Second Edition.
Publisher London Kegan Paul,Trench &Trübner
Date 1925
Book ID 37163


Original cloth. A very nice bright copy. Very crisp, probably unused. Clean and tight. Small 8vo., original red cloth, spine lettered gilt. 150pp., folding map. (Second Edition, first published in 1915). With an introductory note on Phonetics in Relation to African Languages by Daniel Jones. Used; Very Good Important work in the history of the study of sub-Saharan African languages and the then popular science of phonetics. Born in Trieste on 26 June 1859 and educated in Germany and England, Alice [Werner] travelled extensively, living in New Zealand, Mexico, America and throughout Europe. Notable for many achievements, she was not only one of the first women to graduate from Newnham College, and one of the first teachers at the newly formed School of Oriental and African Studies in London, she also became a noted and prolific Africanist and linguist of African dialects. Her interest in Africa grew after visiting Nyasaland in 1893 and Natal in 1894, and between 1911-1913 she toured East Africa, where she came into contact with Swahili and other languages of the region. "Prof. Alice Werner gives an excellent review of Bleek's point of view of the relationship of Bushman and Hottentot" (Berry in 'Linguistics in Sub-Saharan Africa', 1971)
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