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Use of Plant Names for the Classification of the Bantu Languages of Gabon
Rebecca Grollemund and Jean-Marie Hombert
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This paper examines lexical data from Gabon languages and presents a new classification based on phylogenetic methods for the languages spoken in the A70-A80-B10-B20-B30-B40-B50-B60-B70-H10 zones. Two classifications are compared, the first one based on basic lexicon and the second one on specialized lexicon (i.e. plants' names). The analysis of these two classifications indicates a distinction between Northern versus Southern areas and provides new evidence for a better understanding of the different migration waves in this geographical area.

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Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Contact
edited by Bruce Connell and Nicholas Rolle
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