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Title:Informant definitions in Songhay: types and techniques (a cognitive network approach)
Author:White, Mary
Periodical:Études linguistiques
Geographic term:Niger
Subject:Songhai languages
Abstract:Assumption on which this study is based: the cognitive network model (White 1974-1975) would be an appropriate theoretical framework for the analysis of informant definitions. The approximately two million speakers of songhay (which has not yet been definitively classified among the language groups of Africa - cf. Nicolaï 1972) live mainly in eastern Mali, western Niger and northern Benin. The research on which this article is based was carried out in the western corner of Niger in the villages of Dolbel and Kossa, whose inhabitants speak a variant of the 'Kado' dialect common to the region south of the Niger river stretching from the Malian border to about 50 kms. before Niamey, the capital. This paper is the first instalment in a planned three-part study of informant difinitions in Songhay, intended on a practical level to contribute to the Songhay/Zarma lexicography project of the Lexicography Laboratory of the University of Niamey. This article deals primarily with the form definitions can take. Ref., French sum.