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date: 21 August 2019

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The more than 100 languages belonging to Nilo-Saharan are spread over a vast area, covering major parts of East and Central Africa. Whereas some members of this phylum have extensive systems of derivational morphology, others tend to use compounding as a main strategy. Apart from affixation, these languages also use tone, ATR shift, and vowel and consonant alternation as a formal strategy. In spite of the fact that derivation is a lexical phenomenon, typological differences between Nilo-Saharan languages also suggest an indirect link with their overall morphosyntactic organization.

Keywords: alloying, areal contact, category shift, derivation and morphosyntactic typology, non-concatenative morphology

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