Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics

Typological tools for field linguistics


Questionnaire for quality verbs in African languages

In quite a few African languages property words are expressed through lexical items that are clearly verbal in character. The verbal behaviour of these items varies from language to language. This questionnaire provides a tool to guide the description of such verbs expressing property concepts in African languages. It has been developed as a typological-oriented questionnaire for descriptive linguists and fieldworkers allowing them to determine the possible existence and language-specific characteristics of a word class of „quality verbs‟.

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Developed by
Stefan Elders, Amina Mettouchi, Holger Tröbs